I MET Marlon, a Sudanese man who had walked across great expanses of desert to Libya, on the edge of Tripoli as he prepared to visit a remote beach at midnight and pay a hard-saved $2,000 to get onto an overcrowded, unseaworthy boat headed to Italy. He knew that the risk of death was high, so was trying to choose his boat carefully, to avoid the sort of fate that has made headlines around the world. He knew the risk too well: “My good friend paid the man and then disappeared, and then I learned that he had drowned when his ship sank,” he told me. “I want to get out of here, but not that badly.” Continue reading The Real Reasons Why Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life Elsewhere→
THE EU plans to allow only 5,000 refugees for resettlement by asylum seekers in response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis, reports the Guardian. Last year alone 150,000 people arrived in Southern Europe after surviving a trip across the sea.
THE Eritrean Foreign Ministry summoned UNHCR representative in the country for stern admonition following its routine dissemination of speculative, politically driven reports on Eritrea that are at variance with the true fats.
A GROUP of Eritreans was about to board smugglers’ boats to Europe when a Libyan coast guard unit tried to stop them. Shots were fired and the group was split. Some made it on the boats, others were arrested and two women and a newborn were later found dead on the beach. Continue reading Libya has Become a Deadly Door to Europe→
The Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today called for a speedy repatriation of the Eritrean nationals bodies who lost their lives in the boat accident at the Coast of Lampedusa Island as a result of human trafficking on the 3rd of October.
Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Osman Saleh has today summoned the Italian Embassy Charge de affairs in Asmara to reiterate the urgency of repatriating the bodies to their final resting place.
Minister Osman reminded the Italian charge de affair about the last written request made by the Eritrean government on the 18th of October and the continuing efforts that are being made to repatriate the bodies by the Eritrean government, however to date it has not received a satisfactory response apart from a letter received on the 5th of November stating the identification process of the bodies is ongoing with experts in International red cross. Continue reading Italian Envoy Summoned over Delay in Repatriating Bodies of Eritrean Lampedusa Victims→