May 23, 2020

Hamid Idris Awate, the legend

Interview conducted by Billion Temesghen
When one day in the future the world learns about the brigand you really are it will despise you!” Hamid Idris Awate told the English colonizers. Under the British administration industries, radio stations, railways, cable wagon and other assets were dismantled from Eritrea and sold to other countries before Eritrea was annexed by Ethiopia. Hamid fought against it. He is the Eritrean real life Robin Hood. Hamid Idris Awate is an Eritrea legend whose legacy is associated with the beginning of the Eritrean Armed Struggle. Mr. Haileslassie Woldu, a veteran journalist, spent 35 years of his life researching and writing a historical piece on the biography of Hamid Idris Awate. As a biography, it is the first of its kind in Eritrea. It is an accurate account of Hamid’s life based on interviews the author conducted with Hamid’s family and people who came close to Hamid as well as written documents attesting to his valor.


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