Eritrean Start of the Armed Struggle Day

Eritrean Start of the Armed Struggle Day

September 1
Between 1961 and 1991 the small country of Eritrea in eastern Africa waged a war of independence against Ethiopia. An important holiday that recognizes Eritrean sacrifices during this prolonged campaign is the Start of the Armed Struggle Day, also known as Bahti Meskerem . The day's festivities take place in the country and in Eritrean communities throughout the world.
The anniversary commemorates the first shot fired in 1961 at Mount Adal, in the country's western region. Leading the attack was Idris Hamid Awate, founder of the Eritrean Liberation Army and a celebrated martyr.
In the years since Eritrea's independence was approved by popular referendum in 1993, this anniversary has been less of a war cry against Ethiopia and more an occasion to simply remember the contributions of freedom fighters. Typically, observances include a moment of silence in honor of the martyrs, the singing of the Eritrean national anthem, and public statements by dignitaries.
CONTACTS:
Eritrean Embassy
1708 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-319-1991; fax: 202-319-1304
www.embassyeritrea.org
Ministry of Information of the State of Eritrea
P.O. Box 872
Asmara, Eritrea
www.shabait.com
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