Abraha Garza: The Great Agricultural Expert that Eritrea had – A Brief Eulogy

He was a technical, agriculturalist, fearless person. He was humble. I came to know him when he was forced to leave any government post and stay idle. He spent some years living a peaceful civilian life in the city where he was born, Keren. Abraha Garza.

Abraha, he studied Agriculture in Soviet Union, USSR, now Russia. He was one of the very few educated freedom fighters who did his study in Agronomic Engineering at Masters level.

From there, he joined EPLF to fight for freedom. He fought along with the people of Eritrea. After 1991, he thought Eritrea had became a free country but in reality it is not. The time I knew him(2010), I read from him mixed feelings, feelings of pain – especially the suffering of the youth. He wispered [us] to stay patient and fight for what is right.

One day, a colleague from Hamelmalo Agricultural College(Asmelash Mehari) and I went with Abraha to make a visit to a hardworking Agriculturalist to give an Agricultural Extension advice. We talked about his activity and gave our advice. Abraha Garza was listening with full interest. It was wonderful day. For dinner, we ate a nice Pizza at Sabrina Hotel(Keren). I still remember that. We were four. We had a wonderful day.

Later, I learnt that he is my near distant uncle, Adi Beynu Zauletay. But never raised this with him our meetings was more professional. I wanted to chat with him on family issue but never got a chance.

May He Rest in Peace.

He did all his best to expand and develop agriculture in Gash-Barka. But then a military junta and hulted his ambition to make Gash-Barka a hub of Agricultural products.

A brief Eulogy.