Apparently, and as it is becoming more crystal clear, after decades of war of liberation and almost two decades of independence  Eritrea still finds itself with a  government in which absolute power is vested in a single man-the almighty Isayas.

Apparently, and as it is becoming more crystal clear, after decades of war of liberation and almost two decades of independence  Eritrea still finds itself with a  government in which absolute power is vested in a single man-the almighty Isayas.

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Overshadowed by those with Ethiopia, almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage. With the exception of a brief window in the 1990s, the US has seen Ethiopia as its primary strategic ally in the region and treated Eritrea as something of an afterthought to be sacrificed when its actions or interests ran counter to Ethiopia’s.

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Overshadowed by those with Ethiopia, almost always to Eritrea’s disadvantage. With the exception of a brief window in the 1990s, the US has seen Ethiopia as its primary strategic ally in the region and treated Eritrea as something of an afterthought to be sacrificed when its actions or interests ran counter to Ethiopia’s.

Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) in partnership with civil society leaders from the Horn of Africa and the Italian Institute for Political Science organized a two-day conference on EU and US policy on Eritrea and the Horn of Africa. The Conference, held in Brussels on 9th and 10th November 2009, was attended by high-ranking officials and academics from Europe, the European Union, the United States, the Horn countries, Eritrean political leaders in diaspora, human rights activists and civil society leaders from across the Horn of Africa. The attendants adopted the following concluding statement:

Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) in partnership with civil society leaders from the Horn of Africa and the Italian Institute for Political Science organized a two-day conference on EU and US policy on Eritrea and the Horn of Africa. The Conference, held in Brussels on 9th and 10th November 2009, was attended by high-ranking officials and academics from Europe, the European Union, the United States, the Horn countries, Eritrean political leaders in diaspora, human rights activists and civil society leaders from across the Horn of Africa. The attendants adopted the following concluding statement:

By Marianne Arens
27 August 2009

A further 73 African refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to sail from Libya to Italy. According to the UN refugee aid organization, 525 boat refugees died at sea in 2008 and several hundred have already drowned this year.

By Marianne Arens
27 August 2009

A further 73 African refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to sail from Libya to Italy. According to the UN refugee aid organization, 525 boat refugees died at sea in 2008 and several hundred have already drowned this year.

euYes, the EU is financially capable of providing aid to a humanitarian disaster in Eritrea.  However, when mechanisms of accountability are misplaced or ignored, the consequence is perpetuation of misery and waste of more resources.  Transparency is non-existent in Eritrea and the EU might end up being held accountable for prolonging the suffering of the Eritrean people.  The 122 million Euros in the pipeline for aid to Eritrea will eventually serve as a life-saver for the Government of Eritrea.

euYes, the EU is financially capable of providing aid to a humanitarian disaster in Eritrea.  However, when mechanisms of accountability are misplaced or ignored, the consequence is perpetuation of misery and waste of more resources.  Transparency is non-existent in Eritrea and the EU might end up being held accountable for prolonging the suffering of the Eritrean people.  The 122 million Euros in the pipeline for aid to Eritrea will eventually serve as a life-saver for the Government of Eritrea.