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Eritrea: 'I just sometimes wonder who is left inside the country.'

Post by Awash » 22 Sep 2019, 23:21


Eritrean women and children sing and pray to celebrate their arrival in Europe aboard the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue vessel

Published on : 2018/12/26

By  Marion MacGregor

Hundreds of people continue to pour out of Eritrea every day into neighboring Ethiopia. The reopening of the border in September and the peace deal ending two decades of war have raised hopes in some quarters of an improved human rights situation in Eritrea. But the head of the world's largest Muslim charity, Naser Haghamed, who fled the country as a young teenager, worries that it will be crippled by the ongoing exodus.

"I was around thirteen years old, I had a lot of friends, and I was about to do my primary year six exam. While I was preparing my mum told me, 'we have to leave the country but we cannot tell anyone'."

More than forty years after Naser Haghamed left Eritrea with his mother and siblings, one of his strongest memories is being unable to tell his friends that he was preparing to leave them behind. Eritrea was in the middle of a war with Ethiopia, and thousands of Eritreans were trying to escape to neighboring Sudan. 

"I was captain of a football team and there were so many things that I was emotionally tied to. I just had to resign from the team and say nothing. We were scared that if the authorities knew, they could arrest me and arrest my mum. My dad had already left the country a year before, also in a very secret way."


A small boy watches in June 2000 as Eritrean soldiers make their way to the front near the border with Ethiopia. | Photo: Picture Alliance / dpa / S. Forrest

Naser's escape

"I was told the next morning, 'just get up early and leave the house'. I wasn't told the full plan. I stayed in my uncle's house… The following morning just after dawn we left the city, walking to the nearest village where our uncles met us with donkeys. And we started riding to another city before we got a lorry to take us to the border of Sudan. The journey was about four days long. We were traveling only at nighttime and sleeping (during the) daytime because we were scared of being bombed by the Ethiopians."

At the Sudanese border, Naser’s mother gave the guards an invented reason for wanting to enter the country, and promised to return. It worked – and Naser, his mother, brothers and sisters were free. 

In the years that followed, Naser Haghamed traveled from Sudan to Saudi Arabia, Libya and then to Egypt before an uncle offered to bring him to the UK in 1982. Despite his long struggle, the polite and plain-speaking man, now in his fifties, insists that his experience was not nearly as difficult as what today's refugees have to endure.

"Now hundreds of thousands are unable to move, the camps they stay in are not well catered for, especially when it comes to education, children and the protection of women. And then you have some of them trying to cross by sea to Italy, to Greece, and endangering their lives. We didn't have to do that in those days."

Naser Haghamed, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide Copyright: IRW

NGOs shoulder the burden

Since 2016, Naser Haghamed has headed Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), one of the world's biggest humanitarian NGOs. IRW's headquarters are in Birmingham, England, and it has branches in over thirty countries, most with large Muslim populations.

But despite an annual income of more than €140 million – the majority from private donations – the organization has struggled to pick up the slack when governments, often for political reasons, were unwilling to provide support to those seeking asylum.

"Some governments, because they know some of these refugees might stay for a long time, they use it as a deterrent not to provide any services. They want them to go back to their home," says Haghamed. 

The twenty-year war is over, but Eritrea is still 'emptying out' faster than any other nation | Photo: DW/J. Jeffery

"Local or international NGOs end up stepping in and supporting those refugees because they have nowhere to go. Their countries are usually unsafe, so whatever the national government thinks of the situation, they are not going back."

Eritrean exodus

With Eritreans now free to leave without even showing a passport, Ethiopian refugee camps are filling up. By October, Ethiopia hosted an estimated 175,000 migrants from across the border. Some have not registered, reportedly because of rumors circulating that they would be sent back to Eritrea if they did.

"I am really concerned," Haghamed says. "It's sometimes reported that Eritrea is the second-highest 'refugee-exporting country', if you want to call it that. Number one is Syria, number two is Eritrea. Eritrea's only got about 5 million population, and when you think that the migration started in the 60s and it continues on a monthly basis in the thousands, I just sometimes wonder who is left inside the country."

Refugees and migrants are rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, north of the Libyan Coast. Picture taken Sunday May 6 2018 | Photo: Picture Alliance / AP Photo / Felipe Dana

One of the main reasons for leaving Eritrea has been compulsory military service, which is supposed to be limited to 18 months, but in reality is indefinite and often extends over decades. Women conscripts are "frequently" abused and raped by military leaders, including their commanding officers, according to Human Rights Watch. National service evaders are imprisoned and, Amnesty International reports, security forces are authorized to shoot to kill those who try to leave the country without permission. 

It depends on the youth

The UN says that, despite the peace deal, the Eritrean government has yet to confirm that it will limit conscription to 18 months. Many people say they have no plans to return, fearing that they would end up in prison or worse. As a result, the country is emptying out, and Haghamed warns, its economy – one of the least developed in the world – is at risk. 

"This is the difficult part. There are nearly half a million refugees in Sudan. Obviously others like myself have continued their migration to other countries, to the Middle East and to Europe, and the youth, especially the youth, continue to leave the country. So economically the country will be crippled, because it depends on the youth to develop the country economically.

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Re: Eritrea: 'I just sometimes wonder who is left inside the country.'Published on : 2018/12/26

Post by russomf91 » 23 Sep 2019, 04:24

አንተሞኚ 20 ሺ ትግራይ በየውሩ ትግራውይ መሆኑ u.n c.h.r ገልስዋል ድሮ ይህን እርትራውያን ስም በሚድያ ይወራ የነበረ ትግራዊ በየመን በሱዳን ሊብያ
ሞትን አቅርጦ እሱ መሆኑ የማይደብቅበት ሰዓት አንተ ልትክደው መመኮርክ ምን ምሸፈን ስለፈልግህን ነው ወይስ የትግራይ ህዝብ ችግር እንደሌለውን መደበቅን? አሁን ከስደትኛ ማህበር እርትራዊና ትግራዋይ የመን ሰማል በትለየ መዝገብ እንዲመዘገብ ስለ ተድረገ አሁን ስለ እርትራዊ ስም መሸቀጥና ወይም አስምሳይነት
አይሰራም፡ ትግራይ በህመምና ረሃብ hiv aid. tayfoyid ርሃብ 89/%መስኪን የትግራይ ህዝብ ብካናዳ ስንዴ ብ5ኮሎ ብሳምንት እሱም ሁሉ ግዜ አይመጣም ለምንድነው
መስረታዊ ይትግራይ ህዝብ ሽግር አንፈታም እኛ ሪሃብ አይደለም ጠላታችን ወያነ እና እንደአንተ ሰረኞችን የሆድ ባርያ ነው፡ ህዝብን እንዳይሰራና በአፉ እንዳይናገርና ከህዝብ አማራ ኤርትራ እየጣላቹ ልተናገርና መብትየ ብሎ የጠየቀ ከነ ፍየሉና በጊቹ በሬዎቹ እስር እየውረወረ በህዝብ ሂወት ይህ የሚባል በደልና ግፍ የሚያወርድ በገንዘብ ከሱ ሁናቹ በሂወታችን በጫወታ ነው ያላቹ
ዬአርትራ ህዝብ ይህ ችግር የለውም እንደ አዋሽ ግ ን የተኛውን ህዝብ ከአርትራ ወጥቶ ወደ ስደተኛ ካምፕ የቆየ ምናልባት ኢይዲ ካርድ ለመውጣት ኢንጂ በሃላ አዲስ፟አበባ
ወይመቀሌ ገብቶ ብገንዘቡ ቤትተካርይቶ ነው ይሚቀመጥ አንቲል ቪዛ መውጪያ ለማግኘትነው በሃላ ኢትዮጵያ የሚመልስ አይደለም አገሩነው የሚመልስ፡ ይህ ደሞ ኤርትራ መንግስት የአገር ግዳJጅ ያልፈዝመ ባአስመራ ኤርፖርት አይወጣውም ስለዚህ ገንዝብን ከፍሎ ለላ ገንዝብ ለማግኘት የሚወጣና ኤርትራዊ ከ ብጂቡቲ አቅርጦ ከእሳት እስራት ወያነ ረሃብን ትግራይ አቃርጦ ወደ ለላ የየመን ሰንዓ ኢሳት ሞት ወዶሳይሆን ተገድዶ የሞት ምርጫ ነው የሚወስድያለ ህሰብለት ወያን ዕድሜ መራዘም አሰራም በሁን
የሚመርጥ መነእሠይ ሊላ ምርጫ ስለ የለለው ነው ግ ን እናንተ ይህ አሳፈሪ ታሪክ ወያነ ለምደበቅ አሁንም ልክ መለስ የተጠቀመበት የፕለቲካ ኪሳራ ቤአርትራ ህዝብ በቃ በትግራይ ህዝብም እየደገማቹ ነው፡፡ ማንም ሰው አልቀረም ብላቹ ስታውርዩ በመላው ኣለም ቤአርትራዊ ስም የገባ ትግራዋይ እንጂ ኤርትራዊ አይደለም በቁጥር ስንሄድ የስደተኛ መዝገብ የሚያረጋግጠው ይህ ነው ፡፡ አሁንም ትናንትና ከሰንዓ የመን በዚህ 6ወራት ብቻ ክ80'000 በላይ ከሞት የትረፈ
ትግራውይ እየሞተ ባለበት ሰዓትና ወቅት ለመደበቅ ኤርትራ ስው አልቀረም ብለህ ስታወራ በአፋፊት መቃብርን ጉድጋድ ሞት ያለ ወያነ ምንም አትረዳውምነንዲያውም የትግራይ ህዝብ ጠላት መሆንህን ነው እየመስከርክ ያለህ፡ ብሆተል ተደብቆ የሚውል ጀንዳ ወያነ ለመዳን ይህ ርካሽ
ወረ ድሮ የሞተ በሬ ልቀቅን የሚባለው እንዲህ ዓይነት የመርስነሪ ርካሽን ወሬ ሞሆኑ ነው፡
አዲስ ወረ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ የታጠቆውን ትጥቅ የማይፈታ ጀግና መሆኑ አረጋገጠህ አወቅወይ ሰምትሃልን ወይ? ወያነ ክኢህወደግ በሃሳርን መውጣቱ ወያነ በሁለት ተከፍሎ ኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ ሊገድልና ሊዘርፍን ስያሳድድ የነበረ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ጠላት አከተመ አንተስ ገና ግዜህን ከሱ ነው ወይስ?፡፡

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Re: Eritrea: 'I just sometimes wonder who is left inside the country.'Published on : 2018/12/26

Post by russomf91 » 23 Sep 2019, 04:24

አንተሞኚ 20 ሺ ትግራይ በየውሩ ትግራውይ መሆኑ u.n c.h.r ገልስዋል ድሮ ይህን እርትራውያን ስም በሚድያ ይወራ የነበረ ትግራዊ በየመን በሱዳን ሊብያ
ሞትን አቅርጦ እሱ መሆኑ የማይደብቅበት ሰዓት አንተ ልትክደው መመኮርክ ምን ምሸፈን ስለፈልግህን ነው ወይስ የትግራይ ህዝብ ችግር እንደሌለውን መደበቅን? አሁን ከስደትኛ ማህበር እርትራዊና ትግራዋይ የመን ሰማል በትለየ መዝገብ እንዲመዘገብ ስለ ተድረገ አሁን ስለ እርትራዊ ስም መሸቀጥና ወይም አስምሳይነት
አይሰራም፡ ትግራይ በህመምና ረሃብ hiv aid. tayfoyid ርሃብ 89/%መስኪን የትግራይ ህዝብ ብካናዳ ስንዴ ብ5ኮሎ ብሳምንት እሱም ሁሉ ግዜ አይመጣም ለምንድነው
መስረታዊ ይትግራይ ህዝብ ሽግር አንፈታም እኛ ሪሃብ አይደለም ጠላታችን ወያነ እና እንደአንተ ሰረኞችን የሆድ ባርያ ነው፡ ህዝብን እንዳይሰራና በአፉ እንዳይናገርና ከህዝብ አማራ ኤርትራ እየጣላቹ ልተናገርና መብትየ ብሎ የጠየቀ ከነ ፍየሉና በጊቹ በሬዎቹ እስር እየውረወረ በህዝብ ሂወት ይህ የሚባል በደልና ግፍ የሚያወርድ በገንዘብ ከሱ ሁናቹ በሂወታችን በጫወታ ነው ያላቹ
ዬአርትራ ህዝብ ይህ ችግር የለውም እንደ አዋሽ ግ ን የተኛውን ህዝብ ከአርትራ ወጥቶ ወደ ስደተኛ ካምፕ የቆየ ምናልባት ኢይዲ ካርድ ለመውጣት ኢንጂ በሃላ አዲስ፟አበባ
ወይመቀሌ ገብቶ ብገንዘቡ ቤትተካርይቶ ነው ይሚቀመጥ አንቲል ቪዛ መውጪያ ለማግኘትነው በሃላ ኢትዮጵያ የሚመልስ አይደለም አገሩነው የሚመልስ፡ ይህ ደሞ ኤርትራ መንግስት የአገር ግዳJጅ ያልፈዝመ ባአስመራ ኤርፖርት አይወጣውም ስለዚህ ገንዝብን ከፍሎ ለላ ገንዝብ ለማግኘት የሚወጣና ኤርትራዊ ከ ብጂቡቲ አቅርጦ ከእሳት እስራት ወያነ ረሃብን ትግራይ አቃርጦ ወደ ለላ የየመን ሰንዓ ኢሳት ሞት ወዶሳይሆን ተገድዶ የሞት ምርጫ ነው የሚወስድያለ ህሰብለት ወያን ዕድሜ መራዘም አሰራም በሁን
የሚመርጥ መነእሠይ ሊላ ምርጫ ስለ የለለው ነው ግ ን እናንተ ይህ አሳፈሪ ታሪክ ወያነ ለምደበቅ አሁንም ልክ መለስ የተጠቀመበት የፕለቲካ ኪሳራ ቤአርትራ ህዝብ በቃ በትግራይ ህዝብም እየደገማቹ ነው፡፡ ማንም ሰው አልቀረም ብላቹ ስታውርዩ በመላው ኣለም ቤአርትራዊ ስም የገባ ትግራዋይ እንጂ ኤርትራዊ አይደለም በቁጥር ስንሄድ የስደተኛ መዝገብ የሚያረጋግጠው ይህ ነው ፡፡ አሁንም ትናንትና ከሰንዓ የመን በዚህ 6ወራት ብቻ ክ80'000 በላይ ከሞት የትረፈ
ትግራውይ እየሞተ ባለበት ሰዓትና ወቅት ለመደበቅ ኤርትራ ስው አልቀረም ብለህ ስታወራ በአፋፊት መቃብርን ጉድጋድ ሞት ያለ ወያነ ምንም አትረዳውምነንዲያውም የትግራይ ህዝብ ጠላት መሆንህን ነው እየመስከርክ ያለህ፡ ብሆተል ተደብቆ የሚውል ጀንዳ ወያነ ለመዳን ይህ ርካሽ
ወረ ድሮ የሞተ በሬ ልቀቅን የሚባለው እንዲህ ዓይነት የመርስነሪ ርካሽን ወሬ ሞሆኑ ነው፡
አዲስ ወረ ኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ የታጠቆውን ትጥቅ የማይፈታ ጀግና መሆኑ አረጋገጠህ አወቅወይ ሰምትሃልን ወይ? ወያነ ክኢህወደግ በሃሳርን መውጣቱ ወያነ በሁለት ተከፍሎ ኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ ሊገድልና ሊዘርፍን ስያሳድድ የነበረ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ጠላት አከተመ አንተስ ገና ግዜህን ከሱ ነው ወይስ?፡፡

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Re: Eritrea: 'I just sometimes wonder who is left inside the country.'

Post by tekeba » 23 Sep 2019, 04:47

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