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Ethar Delivers Emergency relief To Eritrean Refugees In Yemen

Ethar Relief, a UK based humanitarian organization has delivered emergency relief to Eritrean refugees who are stranded in Yemen and sleeping in the streets.

The Executive director of the British based organization, Mr. Sultan Omer, said his organization has delivered sponge mattresses and blankets for the 216 refugees. It has also set aside a budget of $20,000 to feed them for two-months.

Mr. Sultan Omer, a Norwegian National of Eritrean descent, said,”Ethar’s resources are overstretched and we need help to meet emergency relief costs to help our unfortunate refugees.” According to Mr. Sultan, Eritreans in Adelaide, Australia, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, helped raise a portion of the funds that Ethar is spending on the Sena’a Street refugees.

The refugees are known as the Sana’a street refugees after the name of the Yemeni street whose pavements they have made their homes after the UNHCR dumped them there.

Mr. Sultan told Gedab News that his organization needs help in spreading awareness about another tragic situation concerning the presence of thousands of Eritrean refugees in Khokha, camp near the city of Hudeidah, Yemen.

ethar2These refugees, Mr. Sultan says, “have lived in the camp for years and they are vulnerable since they do not have many relatives in the West as the other segments of the Eritrean population to help them.”

The refugees in Khokha are mostly Afari fishermen and nomads from the Dankalia region of Eritrea. He said, “with no help, they are silently suffering in desolate refugee camps.”

As far as the Sana’a street refugees are concerned, Mr. Sultan said, “the UNHCR has to stand up to its responsibilities and look after them. But in the meantime, we should do our part to help.”

The UNHCR, which took charge of the refugees from Yemeni authorities, dumped them in the streets after keeping them in limbo for three-months.

Ethar Relief also runs several relief activities in many Eritrean refugees in Sudan, particularly Shegerab camp which houses tens of thousands of refugees that the UNHCR has disowned about two decades ago. Ethar is involved in digging wells, distributing food and in arranging medical visits by volunteers to the Sudanese refugee camps.

In the over populated Shegerab camp, the refugees live in desolate conditions with little or no education, medication or resettlement opportunities.

To donate to Ethar relief’s efforts, visit < http://www.ethar-relief.org/>

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  • welde

    The sad irony of Eritrea,the liberators are dying in the country’s numerous dungens while the liberated people are running away from the very country and prefer to die away from it than….while at the same time people in the diaspora are arguing with irrelevant point scoring.
    You only live ones and its very very short at that, better to die liberating your people than not….
    Your people need you now!!!!

  • Guest

    Athar Relief great organization fantastic job.

  • tes

    Dear Awatistas,

    I would like to express my appreciation for ENTHAR Relief for having such blessed help to our fellow Eritreans that were forced to stay stranded in the open and unsafe streets of Yemeni city. Great and noble work.

    The tragedy is still not far even. Brother Haile TG (thank you Haile) has updated us with that and I would like likea to share an aljazeera inside story.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2014/05/who-responsible-protecting-migrants-201451215131506890.html

    thank you
    tes

    • haileTG

      Thanks and it is important that we highlight and share these
      tragedies as much as possible. The rest is to be left to the viewer. One
      observation that I would like to make is that we need to be clear about the
      misleading nature of these news items (not intentional but by default in my
      view). For example they would say hundreds of migrants capsized off the coast
      of Libya and only 40 have been rescued or to the coast of Greek and only 32
      have been rescued (about 60 boarded the boat meant for 24 that capsized off
      Samos) and the number of Eritrean survivors reported to be small. Such doesn’t
      indicate that there were fewer Eritreans on board the boats when sailing off. Unfortunately,
      what it tells us is that the Eritreans have lower (much lower) survival rates.
      Many don’t swim, there are high proportions of women and children Eritreans who
      are not strong enough to fight their way out of the storms and hence die
      unaccounted for. Conservative estimates put the numbers of Eritreans so far
      lost in the high seas and deserts well over twice that perished in the border
      war. The total number of Eritreans to have abandoned Eritrea after the border
      war is close to half of all Eritreans that were made refugees during the
      independence war. Regardless of how we look into this, the country is going
      through the final stages of total collapse. The stage is set for it with the
      current unwelcome developments among Eritrean diaspora to paint this some form
      of ethnic and religious colours. What that means is even fewer Eritreans would
      be in a position to react in a manner that the situation warrants. At the time
      of Lampedusa tragedy I mentioned that it may be a sad case that Eritreans are
      slowly desensitized to the mass killings of their people. It all started like
      that to the good Somalian people. After few years, all the deaths and
      destruction of Somalia was normalized. Today, we hear similar tendency of
      relaxation and our nation being conditioned to accept mass killings or
      abandonment of Eritreans as something normal and not worth dwelling upon. We
      will wake up may be a year or so from now to witness that even more Eritreans
      will be dying inside Eritrea. All this, because a useless and criminal dictator
      wouldn’t hand over the country’s state power to the rightful owners! It seems
      we are going too slow (or cynically slowed down) from going to get there. Just
      a hunch.

      cheers

      • Pappillon

        Dear Haile TG,

        I share your worries and apprehensions, that said however, the only person who is tirelessly on the roll right after the Lampedusa tragedy despite all the health issues that he has is Wedi Vacaro. He has been unrelenting as a prophet in the wilderness where his call is an inclusion when as you have aptly put it others (read: YG) are in a race for a popularity contest as the tragedy is unnecessarily analyzed overboard. The unabating tragedy is colour blind; it is ethnic blind; it is Eritrea’s tragedy. The horrifying aspect of it is not only the tragedy itself but the unresponsiveness to it as we find ourselves desensitized to the extent where it is pathological. What comes to mind is, I wonder if the intellects of high caliber and former Tegadelties in South Africa as they are in a seminar or conference to discuss post-Isaias Eritrea when Eritrea and Eritreans need them here and now.

        Haft’kha.

        • haileTG

          Dear Papillon,

          You are spot on again. Here is what bothers me about what you aptly put as “[…] The horrifying aspect of it is not only the tragedy itself but the unresponsiveness to it as we find ourselves desensitized to the extent where it is pathological.” Let’s look at the raw footage of the sinking off the coast of Tripoli gain, let’s even imagine that our son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife or even parent is caught up in that. They are the once screaming to certain death terrified as hell. How would we feel about the sense of urgency in that scenario? We still don’t know the actual people and may be even closely related to us individually if that helps to bring it closer to heart (although their Eritreanness would have been enough). That is sad indeed.

          Regards

      • tes

        Dear Haile TG,

        Allow me to quote some of your insight pen marks.

        Facts about Eritrean tragedy

        1. Conservative Estimates

        a. The numbers of Eritreans so far lost in the high seas and deserts well over twice that perished in the border war.

        b. The total number of Eritreans to have abandoned Eritrea after the border war is close to half of all Eritreans that were made refugees during the independence war.

        2. [Records are proofing] Eritreans have lower (much lower) survival rates.

        Reason: Many don’t swim, there are high proportions of women and children Eritreans who are not strong enough to fight their way out of the storms and hence
        die unaccounted for.

        [This is Eritrea under PFDJ dictatorship]

        This is what I found in your lines.

        Hawka
        Tes

        • haile

          Thanks tes:

          Let me add the facts for your (a)

          – the waves after waves of sinking boats over the last 13
          years and some never been tended to…

          – 95% of the Sinai victims are estimated to be Eritreans (it
          would come to something like 4500)

          – All the Sahara desert victims

          – Those killed in refugee camps and trying to abandon
          refugee camps..

          – Those that died trying to escape

          – In Lampadusa alone the death toll was estimated around
          20,000 where large proportion is Eritreans

          – Those who died in foreign detentions, many are simply
          discarded because the Eritrean regime and its diaspora operatives such as
          Ghedeon, Sophia, Tesfay … don’t get anywhere near any Eritrean in peril [the
          regime doesn’t assist them actually attempts to endanger them further]. They
          need you healthy enough to clap, dance and spend money to their embezzlement rackets
          to even consider you the “fake Eritrean” they trumpet.

          – Those who died trying to cross the Indian ocean via Asia
          and Indonesia into Australia…

          -Those who died in trying to cross to the USA through Mexico
          and others who crossed the Red Sea to Yemen

          35000-40000 over the last 13 years is very conservative
          indeed.

          Regards

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    This is a footage taken from one of the two recent tragedies to happen at sea. One happened off the coast of Tripoli and the next off the coast of Lampedusa. The news says “at least 40 died” meaning that is the number of bodies recovered. A boat of this size to capsize due to over crowding must have been boarded by well over 400 or so people. Also, the Libyans could only deploy limited rescue effort due to resource issue. RIP our fellow people who must have been caught up in this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgMgLtgkekg

  • Thunder

    The Eritrean refugees in east Sudan and Yemen, the people who first to welcome the companion of the profit for over 40 years hunger, pain, suffering, neglect forgotten by the media and international NGO where is our sense of humanity. Mr Sultan Omer and Ethar relief did what the hopeless Eritrean opposition leaders could not do. The opposition to leave and Ethar relief to lead . Awate explain please when UNHCR released about 200 captured soldiers from Djibouti jail you never mention in your news their region or tribes why mention those in Yemen.

    http://ethar-relief.org/

    • Thunder,
      1. Gedab News reported on the Djibouti issue. Check it out on Gedab News.
      2. Why shouldn’t we mention their region?
      3. Are you sure you want charity and relief organization to stop their activities and become politicians? Then who would lead charitable work?

  • Rodab

    God bless to those who do good and right things!
    And yes may God bless our Eritrea and its people!

  • Dawit

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    • Dawit

      I am not trying to be insensitive but I don’t understand why Ethar relief sends mattresses and blankets to Eritreans who are sleeping in the streets.
      i
      I think those of us who read/write articles, and comments at Awate can use Ethar’s example and do the same. For example, we can start some kind of humanitarian organization and collect contributions in the name of Awateians and make differences. Awate team can play a big role in this effort.

      • haileTG

        You are your brother’s keeper and your work is most praise worthy dear compatriots at Ethar.

        Dawit,

        I have a couple observations but also like to say I admire you talent greatly.

        – It may be that Sana’a is too hot and tents would make it worse.

        – Isn’t it funny and strange that despite major disasters happening in Italian coasts involving many Eritrean migrants, the Bologna and Milan PFDJ had IA worship ceremony with the high priest Ghedeon over the weekend and didn’t bother to do a jackal to even go and meet some new arrivals. Do you know for the money Sophia and Ghedeon get from the PFDJ loot of Eritrean resources, they have never contributed a penny to assist suffering Eritreans?

        Regards

  • Pappillon

    May God bless you for helping the needy and the destitute. And may God bless Eritrea!!!