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Ethiopian Lampedusa Survivors Sues NATO

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By Aljazeera,

An Ethiopian refugee is suing the French and Spanish military for failing to help him and 72 other migrants who were stranded at sea in 2011.

Abu Kebato was one of only nine people who survived after two weeks adrift in the Mediterranean, while NATO ships and planes patrolled nearby. Continue reading Ethiopian Lampedusa Survivors Sues NATO

Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors raise Questions that needs Serious Investigation

Survivors say more lives could have been saved if …???

By Concerned Eritreans from Lampedusa,

While the important task of identifying the bodies and repatriating the remains to their homeland for a final resting place is at the forefront of all the efforts exerted by the families of the victims of the Lampedusa boat tragedy, important questions are being raised by the survivors that will need further and thorough investigation.  Continue reading Lampedusa Tragedy Survivors raise Questions that needs Serious Investigation

Lampedusa Tragedy: A case against President Obama?

Obama admitting trafficking of Eritreans

By TesfaNews,

Last week, a boat carrying mostly Eritreans capsized off the cost of Italian Island of Lampedusa and claimed hundreds of Eritrean lives.

Following the tragedy, the Eritrean Government issued a statement holding the U.S. government, corroborated by concrete evidence, primarily responsible for the gross loss of human life.  Continue reading Lampedusa Tragedy: A case against President Obama?

Italy to Hold State Funeral for Lampedusa Victims, Eritrea Objects

Why do Italy want to play politics over the coffins of our dead nationals by granting full posthumous citizenship while criminalizing and deporting the survivors? Is it a preemptive measure to deny the right to return of the bodies back to Eritrea for proper burial?

Prime Minister’s announcement dashed the hope of the victims family to bury their loved ones right where they belong – Eritrea.

By BBC,

Italy will hold a state funeral for the victims of last week’s shipwreck tragedy off Lampedusa, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said during a visit to the island where more than 300 African migrants are feared to have died.  Continue reading Italy to Hold State Funeral for Lampedusa Victims, Eritrea Objects

Opinion: UN Primarily Responsible for the Lampedusa Tragedy

UNHCR High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres

By Hossana Solomon,

In the wake of this tragedy, finger pointing has started to blame this or that party for the cause of the tragedy. The world body UN blames human traffickers who were paid to transport the victims as the responsible party. The Eritrean “opposition” groups have field blaming the Eritrean Government as culprit, knowing that the GoE would have liked all those young souls stayed in their country and participated in defending and building the country.

The “opposition” groups and their handlers have been agitating for the youth to abandon their country, enticed the false promises and paid smugglers to transport to their death camps in deserts and seas.  Continue reading Opinion: UN Primarily Responsible for the Lampedusa Tragedy

Lampedusa the Tragedy

It was tragic and need to be fixed to avert similar tragedy. But, never allow emotions create a crack in our Unity.

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

This is a tragic event of gigantic magnitude. Condolences for all the families that lost loved once. Eritreans have been tried in this manner for decades. This however is a turning point in terms of placing Eritrea’s image-in-a-map in the way that the West sees Somalia or Nigeria. As Eritreans we understand the sad events that took place and our mourning will not be different. The perished life is dear and near to all of us.  Continue reading Lampedusa the Tragedy