Welcome Refugees Policy; Is a Solution or an Illusion for Eritreans?
The refugee crisis is in its highest pick after the WWII according to Al-Jazeera and BBC news rooms. This refugee influxes is resulting a number of geo-political dynamics at a global scale. Most western governments
The refugee crisis is in its highest pick after the WWII according to Al-Jazeera and BBC news rooms. This refugee influxes is resulting a number of geo-political dynamics at a global scale. Most western governments are taking refugee crisis a serious matter. They are taking up many refugees on humanitarian ground and some for political motives; even using refugee’s intake as a political tool to bid elections. The causes of migration are multi-faceted that differ from region to region, among which war, famine, natural disaster, ethnic conflict, political tension are common. Most of the countries and regions contributing to the highest number of refugees in the world today are affected by one or combination of the above factors further blazed by external forces (war in Syria, Iraqi, Somalia and Afghanistan). All the above dynamic are beyond the ability of the ordinary people to overcome them.
Let me come to our Eritrean situation. Eritrea is the second largest contributing of refugees to date (according to media and UN reports). However, when we see the root cause of Eritrean refugee exodus, it is none of above factors, but only dictatorship. If this trend going to continue, sooner than later, it is going to challenges our very existents as a people and nation. The kidnapping, killing and death of our fellow Eritreans is becoming the norm of the day than terrible news. The magnitude of damages that has been unfold in the last 10 years are clear indication where will be ending in few years (generation are diminishing, institutions are demolishing, our image as people is stereotyped, ignorance is promoting…..etc). In some ways, we are lucky that our situation is not so far complicated by external factors. Therefore, unlike the other refugees our destiny is on our hand; however, if we as a people failed to do our part, there is no doubt someone will step in and the situation may take a different twist.
What are the solutions then? Continue to rick our very indispensable life in the deserts of Sahara, Sinai or the brutal Mediterranean sea? These are all much more dangerous than the dictators at home; he is not a mighty, but only a human being ruled by common human sense like every one of us. In the final analysis, unless we furiously fight back this dictator and protect our rights being in Eritrea or outside, our fatless migration or influencing refugee policy (welcome) will not be solution. My final petition to all Eritrean from every walk of life, including, human rights and political activists and civic organizations and individuals is to tighten our belt and work together!!! Work together!!! Work together!!! to fight back the tyranny more strongly than he can withstand. Let’s not entangled by our personal emotions and differences; rather Our aim is crystal clear, to end dictatorship in Eritrea and prevail democratic Eritrea where all its citizens will enjoy the fruit of their labour equally with no fear and operation. Therefore, whosoever believes on our prime goal, regardless of ethnicity, religious sect, origin (if Eritrean in sprit) should be welcome to join the struggle. If we continue to flight among ourselves, we choose to prolong our agony; it is not the fault of anyone, but ours.
In recent month we have seen people in Iraqi with a might power taking onto the streets of Bagdad demanding electricity and water supply. Our situation is much more dire that deserves struggle and sacrifices.
Let me close up my note by a quotation from one the greatest man in humanity, Albert Einstein which is related to our situation “The world is not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” . This means, we are not only responsible for our action, but for out in-action also”
Please note that objective and purposeful comments contributing to address our current situation are most welcome.
Frewengel W. Michael