Ethnic composition in ERITREA
There are nine recognized ethnic groups according to the government of Eritrea. Eritrean society is ethnically heterogeneous. An independent census has yet to be conducted, but the Tigrinya people make up about 55% and Tigre people make up about 30% of the population. A majority of these ethnic groups belong to Afroasiatic-speaking communities of the Cushitic branch, such as the Saho, Hedareb, Afar and Bilen. There are also a number of Nilotic ethnic minorities, who are represented in Eritrea by the Kunama and Nara. Each ethnicity speaks a different native tongue but, typically, many of the minorities speak more than one language. The Rashaida represent about 2% of Eritrea’s population. They reside in the northern coastal lowlands of Eritrea as well as the eastern coasts of Sudan. The Rashaida first came to Eritrea in the 19th century from the Hejaz region.
In addition, there exist Italian Eritrean (concentrated in Asmara) and Ethiopian Tigrayan communities. Neither is generally given citizenship unless through marriage or, more rarely, by having it conferred upon them by the State. Eritrea had about 760,000 inhabitants, including 70,000 Italians, in 1941. Most Italians left after Eritrea became independent from Italy. [WIKIPEDIA]
“ንሕና ፉሉይ መንነት ዘለና ጀበርቲ ኢና፤ ከምቶም ካልኦት 9 ቢሄራት ድማ ቢሄር ኢና ዋላኳ ትግርኛ ንዛረብ እምበር” ይብል ኣሎ ዶር ኢብራሂም ሲራጅ
ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝተፈላለየ ባህልን ልምድን ዘለወን ትሽዓተ ቢሄራት ኣለዋ። ሓዳሽ ቢሄር ምፍጣር ንኤርትራን ህዝባን እንታይ ረብሓ ኣለዎ? የሕዋትና ጀበርቲ ‘ኸ ካብ ቢሄረ ትግርኛ ከም ቢሄር ዝፈልዮም ባህልን መንነትን ኣለዎም ድዩ? ወይ ‘ሲ ብተጸባእትና ዝእለም ዘሎ ፈላላዪ ዝኾነ ኣተሓሳስባ ‘ዩ። ንኤርትራን ህዝባን ዘርብሖም ሓደ እንዳኾኑ ክኸዱ ‘ምበር እንዳተኸፋፈሉ ክኸዱ ኣይኮነን።