“Our flag does not fly because the wind blows it; it flies with the last breath of all the brave martyrs who died defending it”
Eritreans in the country and around the world are still coming to terms with the shocking and extremely sad news of the passing of Alamin Mohammed Said, a veteran freedom fighter and one of the pioneers and stalwarts of Eritrea’s long liberation struggle. Alamin passed away on Sunday at the age of 74 due to a sudden illness during his brief trip to Saudi Arabia, where he was conducting public seminars with the local Eritrean community.
By any standard or objective measure, Alamin’s was truly an extraordinary life. As a young man driven and inspired by the mission to liberate his country and free his people, Alamin joined the Eritrean Liberation Front in 1966. He then went on to become one of the founders of the EPLF in 1970. For a period of 55 years, Alamin served his nation and his people with utmost dedication and stellar distinction. At the First, Second, and Third EPLF Congresses (held in January 1977, March 1987, and February 1994), Alamin was elected to high offices. Additionally, among several other leadership and service positions, he served as the Head of EPLF Foreign Relations (from 1977-1987); National Guidance (1987-1991); Information (1991-1994); and PFDJ Secretary (1994-2021).
This long track record of dedicated service and excellence is not only a powerful demonstration of his immense, diverse skills and great capabilities, but also a true reflection of how highly Alamin was respected and trusted by all those around him. He was one of Eritrea’s best sons and there are not many, anywhere, that can truly or honestly say that they played as large and pivotal role in the liberation, freedom, and development of their nation as Alamin did. It is a testament of his commitment to Eritrea that Alamin passed away essentially as he had lived: serving his people.
Undoubtedly, for Eritreans, the unfortunate passing of Alamin leaves a deep and profound heartache that does not quickly or simply heal. His loss will be truly mourned.
At the same time, however, Alamin’s life and passing provide us all with a great legacy to protect and offer us a truly remarkable example to follow. Accordingly, we can best pay our respects and honor Alamin by remaining strongly committed and dedicated, as he was to the last days of his life, to building a peaceful, prosperous, harmonious nation.