Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Powerfull Message

Stay focused on your love for your people and everything will be clear for you if your conscience is satisfied. That’s the secret of staying sane in the insane Eritrean politics that is mishmash of premedical prejudices, diaspora confusion and the damage of our region in the Horn of Africa. They are all intertwined to demoralize us. But we have to remain true to ourselves and our people. Particularly the downtrodden who do not have a voice.

great word from Salej Johar

A message from Saleh “Gadi” Johar on 25.11.2014 via Facebook

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Wild Cactus fruit (በለስ) as a Potential Economic Sector for Eritrea

When your eyes are open, everyday you see the unknown. Belles (Cactus fruit) for me was beyind a fruit. It was the only means that I was dependent on to support my stationary material needs till grade 9 (nine). Every summer, I spent my years picking Cactus fruit and selling. Belles has lots of memory within me. It was my only stable food during summer and the only economic source for my schooling.
It is not only for me actuallly. Thousands of Eritreans depend their economic support on Belles. Starting from Senafe, (Southern most part of Eritrea) all along to Nakfa (The northern part of Eritrea) are are rich and blessed with this natural and wild fruit.
Belles from Segeneiti are known for their typicity, Arberebu and Nefasit are all the precious summer fruits of Asmara city. List is known about the fruits from Era, Mirara, Mihlab and Geleb. Yes, I didn’t forget also those found in Mendefera and Adikeih.
For me, Coctus fruits from Elabered were unique. Not because they were special, but because because of them, I am who I am today.
On this occasion, I would like to remember my dear friends, Estifanos Tewelde, Kflay Lbab, Fkadu Zeremariam, Fkadu Zeremariam, Efrem Girmay, Teages, Mulue Asfaha, Temesgen, Dawit Girmay, zerhimanot, Hagos, Osman Ejel, Mahder Zeray, Andom Kflezgi, Habtom TeWelde, and many whom they are not listed here, are all having lots of our early years memory.
Some of the places that we used to harvest Cactus fruit were, Duma, Anker wehatit, aysemied, chindik; hugb hugub, were our farm sight (actually we were owning them). And our market place, tenda, enda Osman kedaday and enda boy abdella were our favorite places.
Who imagined such a big processing industries occur for Belles, who imagined Belles is the the source of one of the most expensive organic oil to the world market? Who imagined for 1 kg of Belles it costed 3.90 € (if we convert it into Nakfa, 250 Nakfa). Who imagined this?

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Who imagined that it is cultivated like any other fruits and people own them as a farm? Who imagined very delicious dishes can be prepared from the leaves of coctus tree? Just a question, are we to that much ignorant to exploit on what we have? Just imagine, how Eritrea is potentially rich if a policy is introduced to harvest this wild fruit in a scientifi way.

The most expensive oil from Moroco is obtained from Belles, Cactus fruit. Then do you think we need to import oil?
How many thousands of littres of oil could we have harvested by just picking the wild grown fruit? Just imagine!!!

I see a great potential investment area for Belles processing plant for Eritrea. All we need is a good environment for investment and citiznes whould benefit as natural owners of these wild fruit. I wish to see Processing plants planted in Nefassit, Arbe-Rebue, Weki-Zagir, Fishey Mirara, Era, Geleb, Nakfa, Senafe, Segeeniti, Adikeih, Senafe, Mendefera and at small scale why not in Ealebered.

This means, a total of around 10 possible industries are waiting to be opened. Wish to be done very, very soon.

Mission to the People

Educate!

Provide education, allow research and give access to information and allow societies to use this information. Through this awareness increases and awareness gives consciousness.

Agitate!

A conscious mind is ready to be agitated. Agitation is not phyical act, shouting or barking in the streets but to revolutionize the mind to take action on what is right. Agitation is work of the mind to reject what is not right.Educated society are able to agitate the mind.

Organize!

An educated and agitate mind is not difficult to get orginizedd for the common mission. There is knowledge, information, awareness, consciousness and a mind which is well agitated to take action. Then after is only easy to organize a victimized society for a fruitful goal.

Educate, Agitate and Organize! Dr. Ambedkar

Writing as my Way!

People sing a song to feed the soul, and I write for the same,

Some talk, I write,

Others keep silence, me not.

My choice was to join with those who write,

Because it is my Way!

My way is my life,

To share my life, I write!

When I write I see my way!

Because writing is my way!

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Unknown fate of Eritrean Refugees in Belgium

The Belgian asylum policy is believed to be among the best examples in Europe. This being the fact the policy looks unfair to Eritrean applicants. As the asylum applications rise, the door looks closing. The reason is yet unknown though Eritreans need protection.

Recently, a dramatic increase in number of asylum applications was recorded in Belgium like in any other European countries. From 60 to 70 asylum applicants every year, the number rose to it rose to 215 per month (July 2014). This high flux might have alerted the policy makers but considering the Eritrean case, the asylum process looks unreasonable.

It is generally true that recognition rate of Eritrean asylum is generally in all European countries is high because of the political and security situation in Eritrea and it differs from country to country in a number of factors. Italy being number one as a gateway to Europe, many Eritreans pass directly without making any finger prints and look deep inside to Europe in search of better life and protection. Belgium is the least known country to Eritreans before but as number of refugees increase, the final destiny also is expanding. It is within this context that the recent increase in number of applicants in Belgium increased but it looks unwelcomed by the government.

In consequence, the Belgian Immigration Department has blocked under the pretext of Dublin system (EU Regulation N° 603/2013, 118/2014, and EC N° 1560/2003).The aim of the system is to the ensure that one Member State is responsible for the examination of an asylum application, to deter multiple asylum claims and to determine as quickly as possible the responsible Member State to ensure effective access to an asylum procedure.

The majority of these Eritreans entered to Europe through Italy. According to European ‘Dublin’ legislation, the first country of entry is responsible for the asylum application of the person in question. But, because of the high number of refugees coming to Italy, many escape from the Italian government without giving finger print and hence they do not have any legal status. Instead, they scatter all over Europe.

The number being high and Belgium trying to apply the Dublin regulation, many refugees are in threat for their deportation back to Italy. Belgium has  already submitted a request to the Italian authorities to send back these refugees to the place where they were supposed to stay first. These refugees have no any legal status in Italy and deporting them back to a place where they did not have rights is against the Dublin regulation.

These requests are not made ​​on the basis of fingerprints or other objective information that demonstrates that the individuals were registered in Italy, but based on mere statements of refugees who confessed themselves that they have come crossing Italy to Belgium. In practice, whether the Italian authorities respond positively or not to the request made by Belgium, the process is missing the overall objectives of the Dublin system.

According to reports, Italy has limited time to respond to the request. If Italy did not respond then it will be Italy’s responsibility to handle the asylum request of the Eritreans. If Belguim did not consider its case, the refugees will be forced to be deported back to Italy.

Meanwhile, the Eritreans are waiting uncertain fate.

Source:

  1. http://www.cgvs.be/nl/binaries/Asielstatistieken_september_2014_Extern_tcm127-256490.pdf
  2. http://www.mo.be/opinie/eritrese-vluchtelingen-betalen-het-gelag

Meditation on Eri-Ethio Co-Existence

External forces come-in when internal forces are weak. Or they come in when the internal force is strong enough to attract. The first statement is true but it generates a negative force however the second is for positive and mutual benefits. In politics both are existent and are exploitative in nature though their end intention is different. Based on this co-existence dilemma, my meditation goes on the Eri-Ethio current geo-political matters but calls back the meditator to be himself.

Meditation:

Whether one force attempts a reaction or not depends on the initial force generated into (this is Newton’s law and is true in our daily life, whether it is political, societal, or economical). Why does countries look beyond their geographical limits and try to interfere into the affairs of other countries. Can we rule out that internal and external policy matters? Why we do so if we became dependent on the policies that once we had a complete monopoly to write them are later our driving forces? How unfair we are to cover our weaknesses because of this and that?

I have being engaged intensively on the Eritrean politics for the last 12 months or more, especially the cyber politics. my focus was purely on internal matters and targeting PFDJ policies, the policies that created all the miseries of Eritrean people. Cyber politics is good as it brings many views and opinions and sometimes doctrines into foreplay. Doctrines are hard to deal with unless there is a win-to-loss game. This might not be healthy as it creates unnecessary tension. I am fine with that but more comfortable with views and opinions. It might be naïve to deal only with the later as doctrines controls the mindset of PFDJ ideology adherents are here and there to destruct the natural flow of open-minded discussions.

Why I am writing this might be of political motive. Indeed it is and why not. But the approach will be more of peaceful meditation. And the subject matter is how Ethiopia orient their mindset and how we are dealing with it. As a nation, it matters us a lot how our neighbors approach us but more than my focus is “how far we strong enough to deal with our own matters.” Ethiopia as a country and Ethiopia as a historical conquerer of Eritrean territory could be defined in many ways on how they reach us (Eritrea). But, one fact remains unchanged: “to be ourselves!”

If we focus deeply on the psychology of nations, every country has a complete freedom to exist as an independent entity no matter how the other treats or tries to influence. How we deal with such matters is of our own choice and it is our duty to follow the suit. Ethiopia might search an opportunity to look into but it is not intended for bad. Who makes bad is a matter of reaction generated from the other. Peaceful co-existence is the motto. How they do it, it can be a different subject.

Concerning Eri-Ethio, different dimensions can be analyzed but the current problem is mainly of FEAR based and old saga of power grabbing mentality. Either can do it for political consumption but the truth is not a secret to a truth searching mind.

I can not rule out that an opportunity driven potential threat exists. The truth is, we are the only and ultimate forces to abort this potential. The more we become weak the more provocation will come as a threat to Eritrean sovereignty. As far as PFDJ continued to arm opposition groups that threatens the very existence of a force that rules Ethiopia, the target force will obviously exert if not greater but equal demeaning reaction.

Let’s now be out of the closed political mantra of the horn. lets concentrate our internal working ability, our strength, our well to be economic policies, let’s not bark on a launched rocket from our neighbors. We can launch our own rocket, we can be strong enough to defend our rights and our sovereignty. Spending on learning development policies, both internal and outreach, has helped me to understand how really PFDJ’s policies are weird enough on their peace and development plans. PFDJ did not declare that our primary enemy is “poverty” rather he conspired the whole world for our status. This wrong externally mirrored outlook hindered us from figuring who we are exactly.

We are a sovereign country. That is it. We are members of the international community. I am not an advocate of “go-out for good” policy rather “come-in for good” policy. The eastern philosophy reminds us that we can only be peace in ourselves and then with our surroundings if and only if we are able to build peace within ourselves. Eritrean society had that norm, value and ethics of being himself. it is not of one days or years legacy but of centuries or more than two millenniums legacy. We were the owners of our own faiths, wealth and health. How then we are selling this rich prosperity that resided within our society by the so called ‘Marxist-Leninist” ideology. We, Eritreans are not materialist individual view can differ, I am talking on societal level). Eritreans had rich experience on handling internal and external issues. if they see these values ruining, they fight for it. PFDJ values are not ours and hence we will not fight to keep them, let them go for good, let them die-out.

We, Eritreans, as much as brave people we are, as much as relentless fighters we are, as far as a truly genuine reconciliatory approach we follow, I believe also we are not internally focused. We give too much attention to our own conspired world views. We conspire it and we follow it.

If we change our principle from considering the conspiracy theory to an internal peace and development policies and thinking that the world is good in this regard and indeed it is, building a peaceful co-existence is not a big deal to  have it.