The large number of professionals of various fields, joining the struggle enabled the front to introduce new techniques in the health, education, transport fields in addition to the establishment of renovation and modification plants. The recruitment of female fighters in the struggle and their heroic deeds also transformed the traditional prejudices of the fighters. The recruitment of intellectuals and experienced professionals in the struggle also create new changes in the administration and units of the fighters, in addition to opening opportunities in increasing public awareness. The reforms introduced by the new force in both fronts created a change in the religious and ethnic affiliation of the fighters especially in creating opposition forces that stood against the idea of the civil war within the ELF.
Although there were few members of the new recruited force that had the dubious intention of working towards their own interests, the overall behavior of the recruits was categorized as being the reformers of the course of the struggle.
Another factor that able the new recruits in implementing the reforms were their number, in comparison to the previous number of fighters of both fronts the number of the fighters increased five to six fold in 1975. This enabled the front to implement various changes in its overall military and logistic structure.
Ploys against Unity
After the clash between the fronts came to a halt, members of both fronts were having continuous dialogues and discussions. In addition, there were ongoing dialogues regarding united military operations against the enemy between the leadership of the People’s Liberation Front and leaders of the ELF stationed in the highlands. As a result, to institute the meetings among the fighters a committee of elders was established in March 1975. Despite the above mentioned efforts, the Mejls al-Sewra (revolutionary seat) was against the dialogues and discussion, and this is merely due to protecting individual position in power. As a result, they stopped all dialogues between the fronts under the pretext of establishing a congress and electing a new committee of elders.
Meanwhile the envoy of the People’s Liberation Front in the Diaspora returned to Eritrea. These were the times where many foreign governments and countries were made aware of the situation in Eritrea through various media outlets. The envoy arrived in Eritrea with messages from various sympathizer countries and organization suggesting unity of the fronts.
As mentioned above, the ongoing discussion and its outcome were explained to the envoy, and that the committee of elders of the People’s Liberation Front has been waiting to the ELF its committee of elders. As being the envoy of the People’s Liberation Front, he was advised to convey this message to all concerned parties, but what he have noticed was that he has no support within the People’s Liberation Front and once the unity between the fronts is established that he wouldn’t be able to pursue in his position in power.
As a result, Osman Saleh Sabe, envoy of the People’s Liberation Front in Diaspora, begun to maneuver ploys against the initiatives taken by the fighters in the fields for the unification of both fronts.