The 48th annual festival of the Eritrean community in the US was enthusiastically held from August 5 to 7 in Dallas under the theme "Independent Election: Backbone of Our Pride".
The festival, which was officially opened by Mr. Yosuf Saiq, President of PFDJ in the Central Region, and Mrs. Sofia Tesfamariam, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, was attended by 12 thousand citizens and friends of Eritrea.
The festival was highlighted by a seminar on the objective situation in the homeland, as well as regional developments, photographic exhibitions, community meetings, as well as artistic and cultural performances, among others.
Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Eritrea, praising those who contributed to the successful implementation of the festival, explained the role of festivals in preserving Eritrean culture and values, as well as in strengthening the link of nationals with their homeland and participation in national affairs.
In the seminar held, Mr. Yosuf Saiq indicated that the history of the people of Eritrea is the history of resilience and victory.
He said that the people of Eritrea have emerged victorious in thwarting external conspiracies and hostilities.
Mr. Saiq also gave an extensive report on Eritrea's contribution to strengthening peace and stability, as well as ensuring justice and mutual cooperation in the region, as well as diplomatic, political and economic progress.
Mr. Saiq also called on diaspora citizens to strengthen organizational capacity and participation in national affairs.
The nationals, for their part, expressed their commitment to participate in the successful implementation of national development campaigns, as well as in the effort being made by the Ministry of Health to control noncommunicable diseases and the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the event, prizes have been awarded to the winners of sports and fashion shows.
The mayors of Dallas and Mesquite announced that August 5 will be dedicated as "Eritrea Day."
The National Council of Eritrean-Americans (NCEA) held its fourth conference from August 1-3 in Dallas under the theme "Building a Strong Nation Rooted in Grassroots Participation."
The opening ceremony was highlighted by minutes of silence to commemorate Eritrean martyrs, the raising of Eritrean and US flags, as well as a discussion focused on the council's diplomatic activities.
Commenting on the activities that the National Council of Eritrean-Americans has been carrying out, Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Eritrea, called for strengthening organizational capacity to achieve better results.
Mr. Yosuf Saiq, president of PFDJ in the central region, also held a seminar focusing on the objective situation in the motherland as well as regional developments.
Mr. Saleh Ahmedin, President of Eritrea National Union of Youth and Students also congratulated the fourth annual conference via virtual zoom from Eritrea.
On the occasion, Mr. Alazar Abraham, Mr. Abdlurahman Mohammed Nur, Dr. Mihreteab Gebrehiwet and Ms. Tsige Nemariam provided information on the Decades of Grassroots Movements.
According to the report, the conference was attended by more than 500 citizens from various areas of the United States.