Eritrea: The Real Story About Europe's Largest Group of Asylum Seekers

Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

Asmara (HAN) October 27, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional food Security Initiatives News. By Goitom Gebreluel, foreignaffairs writer – Out of Eritrea, The Real Story About Europe’s Largest Group of Asylum Seekers.

Every month some 5,000 Eritreans defy the “shoot on sight” policy of their country’s border guards and escape on foot to neighboring Sudan and Ethiopia. Eritreans now make up the fourth largest group of asylum seekers in the European Union, and second largest group to arrive in Italy by boat after the Syrians. Unlike the Syrians, however, they are not fleeing civil war. Instead, they are escaping indefinite military service and repressive measures, such as forced labor and widespread imprisonment, that may, according to a recent UN inquiry, constitute crimes against humanity.

PERPETUAL CONFLICT

Eritrea’s descent into its current humanitarian crisis began with its 1993 independence. President Isaias Afwerki made a set of bad foreign policy choices that entangled the country in conflicts with each of its neighbors. Eritrea began a proxy war with Sudan in 1994, only one year after gaining independence. Two years later it instigated a war with Yemen by forcefully taking over the disputed Hanish Islands in the Red Sea. And as recently as 2008, it was engaged in border skirmishes with Djibouti that resulted in several dozen casualties. Of the many conflicts that Afwerki started, the most consequential was the border war with Ethiopia in 1998, which claimed an estimated 100,000 lives.

Asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan await processing at the Italian port of Siracusa.SBS/Photo

Read Full Report: Click Here


HAN & Geeska Afrika Online (1985-2015), the oldest free independent Free Press in the region, brings together top  journalists from across the Horn of Africa. Including Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, South Sudan, Uganda,  Kenya, Oromo, Amhara, Somali, Afar and Harari. Plus, we have daily translations from 150 major news organizations in the  Middle East and East African regions. Contact at news@geeskaafrika.com


 

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here