The Hidden party is an extraordinary narrative of the manner in which a Stalinist clique led by Isayas Afewerki, the current president of Eritrea, has hijacked the Eritrean Revolution and Plunged the land of a resourceful people into the abyss of agony, suffering and despair. Colonel Tsegu Fessahaie Bahta has written an outstanding book, one that gives readers the background to horror stories of Eritreans being held hostage by human traffickers in the Sinai, or dangerousley crossing the mediteranian in unsafe boats, to escape the Isaias dictatorship in their homeland. The Author does an Excellent job in showing that the seeds of the current sickness were sown when the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front began Administrating liberated areas, due largely to the determination of the so-called revolutionary vanguard to monopolize power in the hands of Isayas and his cronies. A freedom fighter and a senior administrator during and after the liberation struggle, Tsegu raises two important questions to which Eritreans have yet to provide satisfactory answers:
1. How did Isayas outsmart so many of his EPLF comrades to become a dictator, and
2. How could a nation that overcome Soviet-backed Ethiopia military offensive seem so helpless in the face of one-man rule?
Department of African,African American,and Diaspora Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Graphical personal account of the clandestine party that ran the liberation front and the internal security branch that policed its members --Halewa Sewra("Shield of the Revolution")-- is valuable not only as a slice of hidden history but as a window on to the way power is exercised in Eritrea today, where little has changed but the personalities who surround one of the Africa's craftiest and most cold - blooded post-colonial Leaders Isayas Afewerki.
Dan Connell, author of
Against all Odds:A Chronic of the Eritrean Revolution(1997) and Conversation with Eritrean Political Prisoner(2004)
Drawing on his personal Experience in the EPLF, Tsegu's book is a wonderful read as well as an informative account of what unfolded within one of the most secretive and ostensibly disciplined liberation movements in the world. It is a work of poignant relevance which shades light on what has been unfolding in the post-independence period. The book reads like a thriller that captivates the mind of the reader. In the light of the dearth of critical first hand accounts of the History of the EPLF, I regard this book as indispensable reading or researchers and citizens alike. It is such a powerful book that I hope
it encourages others to follow suit.
Gaim Kbreab,Professor and Director of Refugees Studies
At London South bank University
Author of Critical Reflections on the Eritrean War of Independence 2008;
People on the Edge in the Horn and State Intervention and the Environment in Sudan,1889-1989.
In The Hidden Party, Colonel Tsegu Fessahie Bahta though his own experience reenacts the Struggle of the Eritrean people to liberate themselves from Ethiopian Occupation. Through his lens as a freedom fighter, Colonel Bahta puts the reader into the various stages and events of the liberation struggle itself in the long fight for freedom. This Impact full works chronicles countless stories from the lives of the freedom fighters in the Front in vivid detail, and will undoubtedly serve as powerful reference material to preserve the many momentous events and processes of this critical time in Eritrean History.
The Hidden Party also Brings to light the intricacies and complexities of the liberation movements including the civil wars fought between rivaling liberation Fronts, the sacrifice of the many Eritreans who were martyred, the dedication and courage of the freedom fighters who spent decades away from their families, the origin and realities of the post-independence ruling party, and the current frustrated expectations and dashed hopes of the Eritrean people for the realization of a truly free and democratic Eritrea.
we are indebted to Colonel Bahta for bringing to light the plight of the Eritrean People. The Hidden Party will insure
that an important chapter in the country's history remains alive, and stands as a lasting tribute to all Eritreans who suffered and Sacrificed so much to secure independence for the country they love.
White Pelican Writing Group
ኣብ እዋን ቃልሲ፡ ን ህግንሓኤ ዝመርሐ ኤርትራዊ ማሕበርነታዊ ሰልፊ፡ ድሕሪ ነጻነት ታሪኹ ከይተዳህሰሰ ተቐቢሩ 'ዩ ተሪፉ። ጸጉ ፍስሃየ እምበኣር፡ ነቲ "ንሕና" ዝብል ናይ ሓባር ቃል ሰጊሩ፡ ከም ውልቀ ተመኩሮ "ኣነ" እናበለ ነቲ ታሪኽ ናይ ኤርትራዊ ማሕበርነታዊ ሰልፊ፡ መቐረት ብዝህብ ኣገባብ ኣቕሪብዎ ኣሎ። ጸጉ ፍስሃየ እምበኣር በዛ ድርሰት ነቶም ዝሓለፉ ሰማእታትና ሞሳ፡ ነቶም ዝተረፍና ድማ እጃምና ከነበርክት ዓዲሙ 'ሎ።
ዶክተር ኣሰፋው ተኸስተ (ሓኪም ተጋዳላይ ህ.ግ.ሓ.ኤ.)
ኣበርክቶ ጸጉ ፍስሃየ: ነቲ ዝተሓላለኸ ተመኩሮ ሃገራዊ ቃልሲ ኤርትራ ኣብ ምብራህ ዓቢ ግደ ከም ዝህልዋ ርዱእ እዩ::
ሳልሕ “ቃዲ” ጀውሃር
ሕብእቲ ሰልፊ” ነቲ ብጉድለት ቅኑዕ ሓበሬታ ዝሓረተ ማይ ናይ ታሪኽ ዝግ ንኽብል ቀዳመይቲ እምኒ እተንብር ዘላ መጽሓፍ ‘ያ። እቲ ንዓይንና ጽልግልግ ዘብል ዘሎ ግመ ድንቁርና ክትቕንጥጥ ብዝወዓለ ዝተነግረት ዛንታ ስለ ዝኾነት፡ ሃየ ኣብዛ ጸጉ ፍስሃየ ብብልሒ ዝህንኩተላ ዘሎ ጥዕምቲ ሓዊ ኩላትና ኣጣጢሕና ነርሕብ።
ሰመረ ተስፋሚካኤል ሃብተማርያም:: ደራሲ ሀርትስ ላይክ በርድስ (Hearts Like Birds)
ጸጉ ልቡ ቐሊዑ ብውሕሉል ጥበብ ተመኩሮኡ ኣካፊሉና ኣሎ፡ እዚ ክፉትነት እዚ ከኣ ንመጽሓፍ ሕብእቲ ሰልፊ ሓንሳብ ምስ ገንጸልካያ ግድን ክትውድኣ ዝቕስብ ሃዋሁ ኣጎናጺፍዋ።
ሚካኤል ኣዶናይ (ደራሲ “መሳኹቲ ማይ ምነ”)