Eritrean Martyrs Day commemorated with patriotic zeal across nation
Asmara, 20 June 2012 – Eritrean Martyrs Day was today commemorated across nation with patriotic zeal under the theme Lofty Sovereign Dignity – Fruit of Supreme Martyrdom. Reports also indicated that the commemoration of the Day took place in a number of cities abroad.
In the commemoration at national level conducted in Asmara City in the morning hours, President Isaias Afwerki, ministers, Army commanders, senior PFDJ officials, religious leaders and thousands of citizens walked from the Shida area to Patriots Cemetery along with a Marching Band.
President Isaias, Gen. Sibhat Ephrem, Minister of Defense, Mr. Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, PFDJ Seretary, Ms. Leul Gebreab, Chairperson of NUEW, and Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Administrator of Central region, laid wreath at the cemetery.
In a speech he delivered on the occasion, President Isaias expressed appreciation to the Eritrean people inside the country and abroad for demonstrating praiseworthy joint endeavor towards reinforcing the task of ensuring economic development on the one hand, and safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty and dignity on the other in line with the imperative of honoring the trust of martyrs. He further called on citizens to reaffirm their pledge through mounting staunch resistance against external conspiracies and putting up hard work, including during the current promising rainy season.
Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Administrator of the Central region, said that commemoration of Martyrs Day shoulders responsibilities to the Eritrean people and their leadership as regards realization of the cherished goal of ensuring the nation’s all-round development.
The commemorative event also witnessed presentation of artistic works. (Shabait)
State of Eritrea ሃገረ ኤርትራ Hagere Ertra دولة إرتريا
Anthem: Ertra, Ertra, Ertra Eritrea, Eritrea, Eritrea
Capital (and largest city) Asmara
15°20′N 38°55′E / 15.333°N 38.917°E / 15.333; 38.917
Official language(s) Tigrinya, Arabic, English Other languages Tigre, Saho, Bilen, Afar, Kunama, Nara, Hedareb,.
Ethnic groups 60% Tigrinya, 30% Tigre, 4% Afar, 3% Saho, 3% Kunama
Demonym Eritrean Government Provisional government
- President Isaias Afewerki
- From Italy November 1941
- From United Kingdom under UN Mandate 1951
- from Ethiopia de facto 24 May 1991
- From Ethiopia de jure 24 May 1993
- Total 117,600 km2 (100th)
45,405 sq mi - Water (%) 0.14%
- 2009 estimate 5,224,000 (109th)
- 2008 census 5,291,370
- Density 43.1/km2 (165th)
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
- Total $3.625 billion
- Per capita $681
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
- Total $2.117 billion
- Per capita $397
HDI (2007) steady 0.472 (low) (165th)
Currency Nakfa (ERN)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
- Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+3)
Drives on the right
ISO 3166 code ER
Internet TLD .er
Calling code 291
1 ,. National TV: Eritrea Television (ERI-TV)
Eritrea (play /ˌɛrɨˈtreɪ.ə/ or /ˌɛrɨˈtriːə/; Ge'ez: ኤርትራ ʾErtrā, Arabic: إرتريا Iritrīyā), officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The capital is Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeast and east of the country has an extensive coastline on the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands are part of Eritrea. Eritrea's size is approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi) with an estimated population of 6 million...