The Lessons of September

September has a revered place in the Eritrean calendar. On its first day in 1961, the iconic figure Hamid Awate and a few of his comrades launched the Eritrean armed struggle for freedom and independence. As the days passed by and the struggle gained momentum, the revolution went forth on the rugged path of history with all its ups and downs. Heroes and heroines had fallen on the road to freedom when the 30th anniversary of the armed struggle had arrived; the country became independent with the cherished sacrifices of blood and sweat.