By Eritrea Embassy Media
This Film will show the Eritrean People’s ambitious and equally arduous journey to rebuild their war torn nation amidst a changing and hostile global environment. If any peoples to deserve to celebrate their independence in grand style-it is the Eritreans…and they did.
Film – Overview
25 May 2016 marked Eritrea’s 25 Independence anniversary, an important milestone in the young nation’s history, a gallant history of triumph over successive colonialists, Ethiopia, being the last and bloodiest. Eritrea’s long and bitter 30 year struggle for independence began in 1961 after the Eritrean peoples’ right to self-determination was denied and peaceful efforts to restore Eritrea’s sovereignty and territorial integrity was denied by the powers to be. The war and endedhen the gallant Eritrean People’s Liberation Army entered triumphantly into Asmara, the nation’s capital on the morning of 24 May 1991.
@ 7:19 into the video, BBC reporter Mary Harper says: “The first story that I was doing was the independence day celebrations and one thing that struck me was the fact there were lots and lots of people from the diaspora that have come back to join in on the anniversary of 25 years of independence. And so my first report mentioned that and I sort of in my reporting I say it’s ironic because Eritrea is known as a country that everyone wants to run away from, but actually, there are – and i was careful – I said there are thousands of people from the diaspora coming back, because I knew there were more than hundreds just because of the people who were on the planes with me and others and also all the hotels were full. I’m pretty sure there were tens of thousands or even more but i thought let me be careful and say thousands. And the editors back in London, lots of them were saying, “Marry are you sure? You must of gotten that wrong, can you take that line out about the diaspora going back because that’s not what’s happening in Eritrea, everyone is leaving.” And I was like, “Well I’m here! Listen to the people on the radio reports and look at the people in the TV room.”
@ 9:25 into the video, Professor. Iqbal Jhazbay says: “If you come to Eritrea and see on your own with the right lenses, you’ll likely go back to your headquarters and revise your predictions, revise your narrative on Eritrea.”