May 24, 1991, a sacred day in the annals of Eritrean history, symbolizes the determination that no one or nothing can stop this young nation from rising again-- no matter how daunting the challenges are. It is also a sacred day in the history of all those who rise, in the face of overwhelming odds, to determine their own destiny and defend their basic rights. This is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit in the quest for freedom against all odds. This day embodies what the essence of Eritrea represents: the spirit of unflinching determination, unwavering dedication and, when necessary, unyielding and principled defiance. However, May 24 is also a day of renewal, a day of recommitment to ensure the realization of the promise enshrined in the spark that launched the armed struggle on September 1, 1961, and the solemn pledge given to those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that the Eritrean people can determine their own destiny and enjoy what May 24 represents.
"Rarely does Eritreans speak about themselves; they work and work and work and possibly it is not in the culture or it is not in the practice to show pride on what they have done or tell the world they have done this, because most of them, when you talk to the people, even the local people, they say 'we do it for us, and we don't do it for show off' -- Ms. Christine N. Umutoni, UN UNDP Representative in Eritrea.
“One of the reasons we are in this dilemma is that the government of Ethiopia has never complied with its obligations under the 2000 agreement and the 2002 border demarcation … [and also because of] the council’s unwillingness or inability to confront Ethiopia’s refusal to adhere to the very agreement it made in 2000.” -- US Ambassador John Bolton
GENEVA -- April 13, 2015. The Cycling Tour for the Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea that began in Göteborg, Sweden on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 arrived in Geneva and had delivered a memorandum that calls for peace and justice to the UN office in Geneva. This memorandum is from Eritrean communities and organizations in over 175 cities in Australia, Europe and North America.
After two weeks and 1700 km ride the brave cyclists of the CT4TPJE have arrived in Geneva. The purpose of their long journey was to present a memorandum of the Eritrean Diaspora to the United Nations office in Geneva. The tour was sponsored by Eritrean communities and organizations in more than 175 cities in Australia, Europe and North America.