Dear ESAT (Ethiopia Satellite Television & Radio),
BY ARAIA G. EPHREM
My name is Araia G. Ephrem, and I’m an Eritrean-American living in California, USA. I am one of the many Eritrean-Americans who supported ESAT since its inception. Also, I was a contributor in ECADF political PalTalk chat room.
I follow your programs consistently, and I applaud your success in reaching a vast majority of the Ethiopia public.
However, I am alarmed at your absence in attempting to constantly educate the Ethiopian public about Eritrea’s sovereignty. Although it may not be ESAT’s mandate, I strongly believe that ESAT should correct many incorrect information decimated by Ethiopian officials disregarding facts about Eritrean sovereignty, Eritrean flag, and Eritrean map. These misguiding in-corrections come constantly by posting wrong maps of Eritrea and Ethiopia; stating false history of the Eritrean struggle and etc. I’ve not heard ESAT attempt to challenge such in-corrections and educate the public.
Such incorrect facts are highly offensive to Eritreans living everywhere on the globe. Furthermore, it may give young Ethiopian generation a wrong concept of the ongoing coordinated effort to bring a lasting peace in the Horn of Africa. Actually, at times it seems it’s done deliberately and it could nurture future wars between the Eritrean and Ethiopian coming generations.
My sincerest belief is, ESAT doesn’t stand for such an ugly future, and all its effort has so far mended many fences between the Eritrean and Ethiopian people. However; if we continuously slight such wrongs, then it may create havoc in the future of the region. This is especially concerning when incorrect maps are posted by formidable persons of your organization such as Tamagne Beyene and Mesay Kebede.
In fact, the Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK twitted the celebration of Marathon runners in Dubai. He actually posted a picture showing Ethiopian fans declaring an Ethiopian map inclusive of Eritrean map. After a response from many Eritreans, the twitter post was removed. Must we go through such unproductive mindset?
Your thorough attention is required and a must in this regard. I will appreciate your prompt response regarding this matter.
Araia G. Ephrem
Tweet now removed, which tells me this may have been a really embarrassing error (benefit of doubt) by a very junior staff at @EthioEmbassyUK (anything more sinister would be 😡) … but screenshot saved for future reference just in case this is repeated. pic.twitter.com/Ng7HSo0OB9
— Milena Bereket (@0to1infinity) January 25, 2019
On behalf of the sane portion of Ethiopia’s population,I would like to extend my heartfelt apologies for the asinine actions of these pseudo nationalist who refuse to join the rest of us in the real world.We definitely respect Eritrea’s sovereignty.This embassy needs 2 be checked https://t.co/On3Zcx38gl
— Fatuma Bedhaso (@FBedaso) January 25, 2019
Fact: #Eritrea sovereignty isn't about what's said in a PR colloquial. It was achieved with blood!
— MEHRETAB MEDHANIE (@EriPrism) January 26, 2019
We deeply apologise for any offence caused by our post on Friday, of a picture of Ethiopian fans holding up an erroneous map of Ethiopia at the Dubai Marathon.
The post has been taken down and measures are being taken to ensure that this does not happen again in future. pic.twitter.com/Pwuklj9YjV
— Ethiopian Embassy UK | #EthiopiaInUK 🇪🇹🇬🇧 (@EthioEmbassyUK) January 26, 2019
Borrowing this apt pic from a friend who returned from a youth conference in Cairo last month. This is what we need to be saying to the world: we stand here, as independent separate countries, united in vision for an economically strong, politically stable, socially healthy HOA!! pic.twitter.com/YYfN8BQOLZ
— Milena Bereket (@0to1infinity) January 26, 2019