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An Appeal to Dr. Tedros Adhanom: Kassala in Distress

To Dr. Tedros Adhanom,
Director General of the World Health Organization

September 25, 2018

Dear Dr. Adhanom,

This is an appeal to you as a director general of the World Health Organization—please consider it a distress call on behalf of our people in Eastern Sudan.

The mosquito-borne chikungunya epidemic is spreading fast and it is already spreading to the surroundings infecting people in many towns and villages in the region. Worse, it has spread to the Eritrean refugee camps. As you know, the refugees have already been dealing for many years they were abandoned by their government and the United Nations. We believe the people of the region and the refugees deserve a quick humanitarian assistance to cope with the epidemic that has put them in a serious peril.

Awate.com sources indicate over ten-thousand people are already infected and the number is growing. So far, at least 115 people have died of the epidemic and more are dying on a daily basis.

A few days ago, the Sudanese minister of health determined that the epidemic is in its final stages, however, we believe it is in its initial stages and spreading fast. There are reports about several cases that were detected in far cities, including Khartoum.

As we write this appeal to you, sick people are flooding the already poor health service centres in Kassala where people are sleeping on the floor hoping to get help. In some cases, entire families are lingering at the centres as if waiting to die.

Dear Dr Tedros, we are aware that Kassala and other inflicted towns are not yet quarantined. People are moving in and out on buses and other vehicles. In short, we believe the precaution taken by the Sudanese authorities are too little and exposes the region to more infections. Sadly, some health centres could only provide some “Panadol” pills to fight such a deadly epidemic!

Thank you, sir,

Saleh Johar
Editor and publisher, awate.com
Member of the Awate Team

Note: Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Click here to learn about Chikungunya 

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  • AMAN

    Shalom
    (continued… )
    That was the main reason that caused the
    Ethiopian march and revolution to be hijacked
    change course and be controlled by Mengistu and the dogs of his extremist faction within the Dergu and later outside of it….. states the KGB
    report recently made public.

  • Natom Habom

    selam george
    its funny you argument with a troll linked to the most servant puppet of humanity to the US,isnt why they have been rewarder to sanction and isolate eritrea for them ? so our people can suffert and rise up for regime change ,but GOD watched the heart of those evil and turned it against them ,BERHE know everything ,but why do you think he is here ,because to use social forum by masquerading as Eritrean to create rift among our people,mostly now they are in rage for their defeat they will do anything to set fire in Eritrea ,of course they work with our self proclaim opposition confused dont know what to do keep hopping on tplf ,so to remind you the wounded participated with woyane for the all misery that happen to our people ,
    judgment day will come they will drink their oown venom

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam @george,

    The Isaiasts judicial pleadings like debate remind me their favorite catchword, “ጭብጢ ኣለካ”, rough translation: Do you have a proof? Having said that, now, I think, it is my turn to ask Mr. @george: Do you have a soul? How do you know you have a soul? Did you see your soul? What does it look like? My friend, how do you want Isaias to divulge his secret to you? Do you want him to tell you that he is an agent of a foreign country? The only way, at least in the present time, to perceive and deduce what he keeps secret is through his actions and words in different occasions. This of course requires a long follow up to his policies and interviews with local and international medias.

    I realized from your comment that you utterly misconceive what people do in this forum; therefore, I prescribe to you to google the internet for the meaning of political analysis. I remember I have prescribed the same treatment for your friend Hope when he made the same grave mistake like you. I hope he benefited from it, and I wish you to attain a great advantage from it. To pull one person out from the swamp of ignorance is considered like salvaging the entire humans. Education for all even enemies. In Tigre language they say, “ቀሪምካ ሰምዕ በሲር ልግባእ”, which means, wish your enemy to be enlightened person not like Isaias a fool and ignorant.

    Al-Arabi

  • Berhe Y

    Hi georgi,

    We as in people who were there in the front and given orders to evacuate.

    Please stop trying to sell me that IA has principle. Yes, he is pathetic when it comes to the well being of the Eritrean people. If pathetic is so mild, I will say evil. There is no pride in being evil. Hitler controlled all of Europe, and he committed some of the horrific crimes. Are you giuhg to tell me, Hitker is a hero and brave. Stalin controlled half of the world but he killer millions of people. Is he considered a hero.

    Look I told you already, I am not here defending the actions of the CIA or any organization or country. I am not denying the examples you gave as false. But it has nothing to do with us. Just because those leaders were assassinated it doesn’t mean Eritreans do not deserve to be governed by the rule of law. That’s what our people paid price for, not to make IA president for life.

    Please stop trying to sell IA a is principled person. He has no principle, his only principle to obtain / collect money and stay in power no matter what the price. If you care can please answer this that’s is documented:

    1) When he met the East German leader he wanted to mediate him with Mengistu, because they didn’t see a reason why two leftist group are fighting each other. He agreed to make peace. And when asked about the other liberation group (ELF) he told them he will take of them and nothing to worry. What that mean is, with TPLF, he elliminated ELF, loss of many Eritrean lives.

    2) when the US wants to invade Iraq, he was one of the first to sign coalition of the willing. He told Rumsfeld, we will cooperate fully, how much cooperations asked and said “sky is the limit”. He told him, why the US took so long to take Saddam out. Even though w

    3) His ambassador to the US at the time Ghirma Asmerom said “Eritrea offered fir the US anything they wanted, including training in the mountains of Sahel, because it “resembles that of Afghanistan”.

    4) Ghadaffi and Lybia were in Eritrea and IA side during the war and supported Eritrea afterwords with investment in oil and provided millions dollars of oil for free. When French and British and the US were bombing them, what exactly did IA did to support. It’s understandable if he doesn’t provide military aid, but a statement at the UN, a press release condemning the actions of the west was too much to ask. Many countries and leaders with principle have done, South Africa, Venuzuala and others stood up to them. People like you telling us how Melles was conspiring with the French to topple him as per wiki. Now to get SA aid, he issued a statement against Canada for diplomatic dispute they have. some principle.

    Kindey ilna emo knSibSbo enda HGDF.

    Berhe

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam AMAN,

    I am certain you are depressed, downcast, spiritless, horrified, sleepless, clueless, and all the symptoms of psychopath. I am very sad you are in such condition. I guess, it is too late to recover you.

    In Tigrinia they say, “ጸማም ሓደ ደርፉ”, roughly translation: A dumb has only one song. You and your likes spoke about the issues of Arabs and religion in the Eritrean arena, and you have succeeded to some extent to deceive many Eritreans for a long time. But at present, a true Eritrean will never heed to what you propagate. It is certain, the game is over with such kind of issues.

    Mr. AMAN, I am speaking about the kinds of dictators in the world far from religion and Arabs. Also, I apprehend well why you have deviated the subject from dictators to Arabs and religion. I guess you have gone bankrupt from new fruitful topics.

    Al-Arabi

    • Nitricc

      Hi Arabi; Why don’t you leave him alone? he is doing his thing and you are all over it like a crazy dog. You are the one psychopath and a religious thug. Nothing good comes out from people like you, religious thugs. Now, go back to whatever you do and leave the man alone.

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Nitricc,

        Are you kidding? You think the forum is not watching you. You and your likes have messed in Eritrea a lot, and now you have gone far to Ethiopia to spread your ills. I think, I am not the one who is depressed by the presence of Jawar Mohammed, the Oromo guy. This is just to remind you how far you are a religious extremist.

        I guess, the guys who reiterate one issue, religion, religion, without stop and mushroom on it very well are similar to the tame animal which you are familiar with. That tame animal repeats one sound when it is frightened, it barks continually with that sole sound it can yield. Now, tell me the name of that tame animal that guards its owner by barking? Good luck! Keep guarding your god, for this is the true worship.

        Al-Arabi

        • Nitricc

          Arabi; hahahaha why do you think I am depressed because one worthless person is in Ethiopia to ignite ethnic tensions? He is just like you a worthless religious thug. Forget Ethiopia, how did is messed-up Eritrea? You don’t drink, do you?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Nitricc,

            I am sure 100% that guys like you will never develop mentally, advance academically, and prosper economically. Believe me, you will rot as you are stagnant. In my life, I didn’t hear or read a person with the same traits succeeded in his life. My friend, success demands a free thinker mind. Take it for granted, the mind you possess is a dependent mind which is impossible to excel in any field of life. You have to walk miles to emancipate yourself from dependency which you are addicted to it too much. you have to conceive, addiction ruins life.

            Al-Arabi

          • Nitricc

            Aabi; it is funny from an Arab has to say about academics and exceling in life. I don’t brag about anything but I can’t tell you won’t even tie my shoes when it comes academics and exceling in life. One thing Arabs are known is for their dumbest and ignorance, to tell you the truth.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Nitricc,

            Where is the escape is the crucial question? in Ethiopia, Dr. Jawar Mohammed and in Eritrea Hameed Al- Arabi? Please, help Nitricc and his likes who are in serious crisis. I have advised you to learn to co-exist and to become an independent free thinker. It is upto you to take or leave it. As a human being, my consciousness compels me to stand on your side to get rid of your severe depression and cluelessness.

            I feel very sorry for you that you are sandwitched in the middle. As you conceive it, the Oromos will never rest until they attain their full rights. I don’t know how the dwarf will deal with the GIANTS.

            Al-Arabi

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            Forget al arabi, he is just a guy trying to instigate division among eri. But don’t u think arabs r way much better than horn region when it comes to everything? I mean how is intelligent and smartness is good if it doesn’t improve the standard of living? Do u see the leaders of horn region, how they act when they meet arab leaders? That shows how powerful they r comparing with the horn region.
            They may be dumb comparing to the west and far East, but the horn region is the dumbest and ignorant people with a black heart ever.

          • Nitricc

            HI Teddy; it is true that the horn more backward than the Arabs; but because Arabs got money it doesn’t mean they are not backward and uncivilized. I understand generalization an entire race is wrong but it is what is. How do you explain a single country with the population of 3 to 4 million could bend the entire Arab countries? you see, money is not power. And you have this guy named Arabi; telling us what we didn’t accomplish and exceling in life. Got your people out of Israel’s brutality and come lecture us how successful you are.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            This single country with a population of 3-4 million couldn’t even bend a single arab country let alone the whole of arab with out the help of the west.they couldn’t even survive a single year with out the help of the west in that part of the world.
            When it comes to resources africa by far has more resources than the arabs but they couldn’t use it. Why?

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Nitricc,

            I don’t have a single hesitation concerning about your status in the future. Believe me, with your present mindset, you will accomplish just a BIG ZERO. Development comes with stable souls, never with restless spirits. You and your likes will inherit complexities and crisis to their youngsters. In Arabic they say, “Blank minds produce failure” or “Bare hands give nothing”. The worst thing in life is to cheat yourself. As far as you are in duping yourselves campaign, nothing will change in your life. The only thing you will produce nuisance to your neighbors and to the world you immigrate. Your queue in front of alms offices will continue without end. In Tigrinia they say, “ጽምብላለዕ ነብሳ ከይከደነት ንጎልጎል ትኸድን”. I guess, you are the last person to speak about others. Capito la testa della gallina?

          • Natom Habom

            selam nitricc
            the islamic state do drug it has been discovered in their bunker
            those people are crazy they rape girls infront of their father they attack even boys ,nasty ,hameed al arabi he is inocent ,as black as night he want just to be arab ,so they can call him YA ABID TEAL HUNA,

        • Peace!

          Al-Arabi,

          Excuse Nitric- Blame his Ex-ኮማንዲስ Dad.

          Peace!

          • Lamek

            Piece, Eritrea is not an Arab land. Al-Arabi is here to preach wahabism as his nickname Arabi indicates. Arabs treat us blacks with deep despise and scorn. They are still enslaving our people. This Al-Arabi guy is littering this website with coded venom. Once I am president in Eritrea, I will ban Arabic speaking, writing, teaching. Everybody will learn in their native language, Tigrinya, and English. Maybe French and Spanish too just for kicks but Arabic will be banned.

          • Peace!

            Lamek,

            I said many times- Agazianism is nothing but a FALSE DREAM. I wouldn’t waste my time.

            Peace!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Peace,

            How do you know that his dad was Ex-ኮማንዲስ?

          • Nitricc

            Peace; at least I wasn’t the result of prostitution as your self. chances are your had Ethiopian soldier father you never knew and a self employed mother working the streets and booom here you are a disgraced individual.

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Hameed [the Arab wannabe],

      Which Arab country practices democracy?

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam @george,

    There are different kinds of dictators: Dictators who are totally submissive to USA or dictators who challenge her. With regard to dictators who defy her like that of Saddam Hussein, the USA will rally the world to topple him. For the other group of a dictators like that of Isaias who revolves around America, but differs with her due to failing giving him priority among his peers. In such cases America considers him a tamable dictator. If this tamable dictator is a reliable agent of Israel, then he will be considered on the safe side and America will not topple him or encourages for that end. The choice for such kind of dictators is taming them until a better opportunity to bring him back to her stable. Definitely, your god whom you worship falls in last category.

    • Natom Habom

      selam hameed
      ISIS as much they claim for the caliphat ,orpure islam
      they get their support from the us and israel ,even the human right watch cover it up for them instead they accuse assad for the mass killing ,they used to call them the moderate ,
      so how much do the opposition get from the US?

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Natom Habom,

        It is clear when you are challenged you relapse to your favorite subject, religion or ethnicity. This is the issue you like most and that yielded for you a lot in the past, but Eritreans have now a say about this: We gambled with our previous wealth; however, we bought wisdom with the rest of it. I guess a true Eritrean will never purchase your rotten commodity.

        Now, tell me how do you swindle Ethiopian traders with your old Nakfa that you kept in containers for the right moment. It is sad that Ethiopians think they will benefit from the notorious shefatu (mafias). I would like to inform our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia you will gain nothing from these professional shefatu except bankruptcy. Old Nakfa humbug is a fraction of the iceberg; you will have a hard time ahead of gaping your mouths. If you don’t believe me ask Sudanese about their smuggling.

        Al-Arabi

        • Natom Habom

          selam hameed
          well said ,tell your brother and sister Ethiopian the will gain nothing
          from we Eritrean shefatu ,THANK YOU VERY MUCH

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Natom Habom,

            I think the term SHEFATU is most applicable word to describe a group of gangsters who robbed a nation completely. They have robbed the people of Eritrea from living freely in their country which they paid dear to liberate it. They have robbed our young generation from living in their country respected, honored, and a noble life. The disaster they have caused to Eritreans haven’t any other explanation than the term Shefatu (mafias). They may deny their abominable crimes as far as they are at large, but history will never forgive them. Moreover, your scribbles, Habom, here in Awate forum will certainly be a shame that will run after your grandsons and daughters. They will be disgusted and ashamed from what their grandpa had written. You have to remember, Mr. Habom, you are not just writing to present Awate forum, but you are writing most to your grandchildren. I hope, you visit the near history of the Eritrean people that will give you a clue to what feeling ashamed means. Of course, I say this if you are not a phony Eritrean who crave to be slave of a neighbor country. True Eritreans struggled to be a free people not slaves of their neighbor country.

            Al-Arabi

          • Natom Habom

            selam hameed
            my grand son will inherit what i get from my ancestor, I am deep deep rooted Eritrean ,we did not robe any one ,we were there long before anyone
            for you to say we robe a nation must be a jock,
            do you know where you come from ??
            and the neighboring you speak ,it was not us that put our hope on woyane
            isnt your kind that used to glorify them even visit them or insulting eritrea in their tv platform ,now because you have been told leave the country
            you felt concern suddenly for eritrea ,who is phony here ??it was there every was telling that ground was moving ,your hatred blinded you ,now it s in your face ,change has come and would you do about it ?
            just enjoy your free house and welfare ,it s a gift for eritrea free from people like you ,