170 bodies of migrants found off Libya coast – AFP

Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a Coast Guard official said on Monday. “We freed about 100 bodies

Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a Coast Guard official said on Monday.

“We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast,” Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim said. Another 70 bodies were washed up by the tide, including five young children, he said. “It looks like the boat overturned suddenly, leaving the passengers no chance,” he said as Red Cross rescuers pulled bodies from the water. Mr Ibrahim said no leaks were found in the hull of the vessel, shipwrecked off the coast of Guarabouli district, 60 kilometres east of Tripoli.

In the absence of documentation, the rescue workers have been unable to make a list of victims or establish their nationalities. But the few papers recovered showed the victims included migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea. Libya, mired in unrest and political chaos, has been a launchpad for illegal migrants seeking a better life in Europe, but who turn to people smugglers to cross the Mediterranean.

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  • Semhar August 28, 2014

    To Assena foundation,
    Where is the interview with Yemane T/Gergish, former Member of the EPLF’s Secret Party & Intelligence – Part 6?

  • hureya August 28, 2014

    whats treble thing is that,
    when will be the end of this dead journey to stop?
    may Allah give patience for their relatives

  • abdulkader August 28, 2014

    This is what they want to see the mafea govermant one thing i can anderstand same iduit people they still be side the mafia group i am sure they will pay the heavy price god help those have been safiren.

  • Mesinas August 28, 2014

    “ወሪድዎ ባሕሪ ዘይስሙ ሂብካዮ
    ‘ካብ ህግደፍ ከፊእካ!’ ኢልካ ሓሚኻዮ፡
    ዘርኢ ናይ ኤረትራ ከጥፍኡ ዝጨከኑ
    ህግደፋውያን እምበር ባሕሪ መዓስ ኮይኑ!” ብሓቂ ሓው ሱሌማን ጽቡቕ ኣለኻ። እቲ በደለኛ ባሕሪ ኣይኮነን ህግደፍ’ዩ! እንተ ኾነ ህግደፍ መልሓስ’ምበር እዝኒ ስለ ዘይብሉ ንእኡ ምልማን ትርጉም ስለ ዘይብሉ’የ ብባሕሪ ኣቢለ ንፈጣሪ ክልምን ፈቲነ። ጽንዓት ይሃብካ ጽንዓት ይሃበና። ሓዉ ወዲ ኣደኡ ወይ ሓብቱ ጓል ኣደኡ ኣብዚ ንርእዮ ዘለና መቕዘፍቲ ስለ ዘይተዘምቶ፡ ዘይሓዘኑ ዝመስሎ ሰብ እንተልዩ ብሓቂ ሰብ ኣይኮነን። በዚ ኣጋጣሚ ሓው ሱሌማን ላዛን ሓያል ትርጉምን ዘሎዎ ናዕታ ከም ዝጸሓፍካ ክገልጸልካ እፈቱ። በርትዕ ቀጽሎ!

  • Wedi-Erey August 28, 2014

    There is one and only one solution to this disaster facing us Eritreans. We don’t have any Choice other than to unite and confront the root cause of our miserable situation. We’ve to stand together and rid ourselves from the evil of Isayas and PFDJ-rule.
    Our elders, religeous leaders, intellectuals, and influential individuals should take the courage to organise and lead us to say enough is enough to the tyrant Isayas and the PFDJ!
    Because the other alternative is the inevitable death and humiliation. We’ve to work to get our freedom in Our country, not elsewhere in the world.

  • Hazhaz August 28, 2014

    ኣንቲ ኤርትራ እንታይ መዓቱ እዩ ወሪዱና ፧
    ከማና፣ ኣብዚ እዋን፣ ከም ኤርትራውያን እብዛ ዓለም እተዋረደን ዝሓሰረን ሰብ ኣሎዶ ፧

    እዚ ኹሉ ሰብ ብሽም ገድሊ፣ ኣብ ውሽጢ ሓምሳ ዓመት ዝሃለቐ፣ ንብረትና ዝዓነወ፣ መንነትና ዝሓረረ፣ ብኸነንቱ ግዜን ዕድመን ዝበለየ ነዚ ድዩ ፧

    እወ ብቐደሙ እንድየ፣ ጅምር ክትብል ተዘንጊዔ። ሕጂ ግና ኣብ ኤርትራ፣ ኣብ ሃገራት ዓረብ፣ ኣብ ማእከላይ ባሕሪ ” ኡይ! ኡይይይ !” ኢለ እንተገዓርኩ፤
    ኣብ ግዳም መበጎር ዘርጊሔ፤ ከምቶም ወራዙት ለባማት፣ ካብ ኩሉ ኩሩዓት ኣባሓጎታተይ፣ ጋቢየይ ተዓጢቐ፣ ” አይ! አይ! ” ኢለ እንተልቀስኩ መን ይሰምዓኒ፧
    እወ መን ይስመዓኒ ፧!

    እወ ሽዓ ብብጊሓቱ እንድየ ተዝንጊዔ። ኣባሓጎታተይ እኖታተይ ሰብ ክብሪ፣ ሰብ ልቦና ምንባሮም፤ ሎሚ ፈሊጠ። ኣነ ግና ናይ ዝተማህረ ደንቆሮ፣ ናይ ሽማግለ ኣብዲ ዝኾነ ወለዶ ምዃነይ ሎሚ ተፈሊጡኒ።
    ኣነ መንነተይ ብሓዊ ዘልመስኩ፤ ንኩርዓተይ ዘቋናጽብ፤ ታሪኽ ኣባሓጎታተይ ዘይፈልጥ ከንቱ እየ።

    ውድቀት ድንቁርናይ ድማ ፣ እነሆ ባዕሉ ብስእሊ ይምስክር።

  • Hazhaz August 28, 2014

    YG in one of his epic and original articles regarding “HawKa abey alo ?” writes about the “Mehanzel” generation.

    Geza Mehanzel

    Here is a parable that aptly describes the misconstrued priorities of the Eritrean elite’s state of mind:

    In one highland village, there is this clan known as Geza Mehanzel (House of Mehanzel) that claims a long line of descendants, complete with a fabulous legend and many other venerable and heroic stories of its sons and daughters. The village being near a city, and one of the earliest to have a missionary school, Geza Mehanzel is proud for having produced a number of educated people, among them many scholars, disproportionate to its size. One of those scholars, who now teaches at a foreign university, has been active for yeas collecting everything that has to do with the clan: its long genealogy, its venerable traditions, its fantastic legend, the saga of its heroes, the piety of its monks and nuns, the story of the church and its priests, the history of the missionary school, the achievements of its modern scholars, the heroic participation of its sons and daughters in the revolution, a long list of its venerated martyrs, detailed maps of its location in the village and its farmlands, photographs collected through the years, any written material that has to do with it, etc. In addition, together with other scholars that hail from the same House in diaspora, the scholar has prepared some vital documents that would help Geza Mehanzel in running its daily affairs in the village life: in church, school, clinic, farms, meadow, etc. The developmental projects they have in mind include building a micro-dam and clinic, introducing tap water and electricity and renovating the old school. The professor hasn’t forgotten the cultural aspect of his mission either, for he has all the modern equipment ready to document it as it takes place in the village: baptisms, marriages, funerals, festivals, church services, harvests, etc. He believes only if these societal riches are collected into a village archive would the next generation of Geza Mehanzel that inherits it keep excelling the way its predecessors have done. And to this effect, he gathers all the work that he has done; arms himself with all kinds of modern equipments; collects enough money from descendants in diaspora; and flies to Eritrea with all the determination, steadfastness and perseverance that the clan is known for.

    … 2

    • Hazhaz August 28, 2014


      There was though one problem that the good professor has entirely overlooked in his zeal to do good as he sees it, one that he comes to realize only when he arrives at the village he has left decades ago: to his utter shock he finds out that, except for some few old folks in dilapidated hudmos, the entire Geza Mehanzel happens to have emigrated. Most of the houses, clearly falling apart out of neglect even as the doors and windows remain securely shut, have been abandoned. He couldn’t find even a single kid from the House in the missionary school he used to attend as a child. It seems that in all his zeal for documenting anything and everything that has to do with Geza Mehanzel in terms of “pride and dignity”, the professor has forgotten the most important of all that has been crying out loud for documentation: the exodus of all those who have been leaving the village to foreign lands. It is only then that he grasps that the legend, genealogy, history, heroism, scholarship, piety, tradition, etc of the House has to emigrate too, for all the descendants who could be made to listen to that rich legacy are to be found scattered all over in foreign lands. None of the other clans in the village has shown any interest to hear about the accomplishments of Geza Mehanzel; to them, when that clan has been rendered extinct, so has anything associated with it. Totally dejected, the professor gathers all his work and equipment resignedly and flies back to his adopted country, vowing never to set foot again on that “desolate” land.

      The morale of the story is that the Eritrean elite, especially of the Kebessa type, are so preoccupied with the legacy of the struggle, including the very idea of a “nation” that exists detachedly above and over the masses on the ground, that they never ask as to who is meant to inherit that “legacy”. It wouldn’t be surprising if that intangible legacy has already started emigrating, surreally following them wherever they have built their new habitat. Like the case of the scholar above, who was so enamored with the achievements of Geza Mehanzel (his point of pride) that he failed to see its extinction in its ancestral land before it is too late, the Eritrean elite are also so obsessed with the legacy of the revolution (their point of pride) that they are unable to see the existential predicament of their people on timely basis. Like an old maid who finds solace from the fact that once “nibur fetina”, even as that short-lived marriage brought her nothing but mental and physical abuse, the Eritrean elite are so elated that their Eritrea “nibur fetina” as a nation, that they refuse to notice the existential calamity. On the other hand, in one of the most refreshing documents ever to surface from Eritrea, the Catholic Bishops are telling all of us that we cannot own any legacy, let alone a nation, without our people squarely making their home on the land of their forefathers: once the people go extinct, so does anything that is associated with them in the land.

      Why do the elite (the Mehanzel generation) refuse to see the writing on the wall? After all, it is written in bold figures for everyone who knows his addition to see. Let me repeat what I have said before regarding this looming extinction in numbers in Kebessa Eritrea’s Suicide Mission I & II [5]:

      Taken from: Catholic Bishops Sounding the “Extinction” Alarm in Eritrea, by Yosief Ghebrehiwet

      http://www.asmarino.com/articles/2108-catholic-bishops-sounding-the-extinction-alarm-in-eritrea

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      • selamawit2 August 29, 2014

        Even if you were right Hazhaz rezen, the solution won’t be to “transfer” Eritrea as a present for Ethiopia.
        Leave us alone!
        And leave Ethiopia alone, it has enough problems with their far more ethnos, languages and political parties!
        It also doesn’t need bomb planters.
        The only thing we need is, to remove Iseyas and his gang. That ist will be quiet easy as Eitrea is very small and therefore manageable!

        God bless and save our Eritrean brothers and sisters and he may end the recent hardship we are going through.
        God bless our Ethiopian brothers and sisters and may he help the constructive ones so that they can follow a human and more and more democratical way to go on developing their country.

        • ahmed saleh August 29, 2014

          Dear Selemawit
          I just pray to see the other version of Eritrean heroes like
          Wedi Ali and his comrades who walk the walk than the talk and
          I never give up from my people , it is a matter of time.
          Kem zihalefe izi kheman halafay iyu .
          Life is complicated keep strong.

      • Tess.Dereba August 30, 2014

        Dear Hazhaz,
        It seems the only saving grace left for kebessa Eritreans is the few honest Eritreans such as the great writer YG through whom the society might be spared from total decimation since there is no sign of where their madness is leading them, that is to the hell they deserve. Thanks for the bitter pill of truth.

  • Semhar August 30, 2014

    ዘርኢ ናይ ኤረትራ ከጥፍኡ ዝጨከኑ
    ህግደፋውያን እምበር ባሕሪ መዓስ ኮይኑ!”

    ህዝቢ ይጠፍእ ኣሎ ኣሕዋት ዓገብ ንበል!
    ሃየ`ባ ኢደይ ኢድካ ንበል !

    Amanuel and Assena team you forgot to post
    Interview with Yemane T/Gergish, former Member of the EPLF’s Secret Party & Intelligence – Part 6 – Please post it.

  • fthi September 9, 2014

    Let God shower his mercy on Eritrea. Let the suffering come to end with God’s grace. Let us turn to him and peace, stability and justice will return to us. Let us not diverse our objectives keep united and think at once. Our ultimate solution comes from high ..from heaven. God listens.. God replies.. then it will no longer be suffer

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