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Another Boat Capsizes In The Mediterranean Sea

Many are feared to have died after a rickety ship that was carrying them from Libya to Italy across the Mediterranean Sea capsized on Wednesday, August 5. The International Organization for Migration estimates there were about 700 passengers on the ship when it capsized roughly 25 kilometers off the Libyan shores in Tripoli.

According to latest reports, including UNHCR, about 400 people were rescued while approximately 35 bodies have been pulled out of the sea. However, survivors indicated about 100 people were travelling in the hull of the ship and if that is the case, they are less likely to survive the accident.

Similar to previous tragedies, the boat is believed to have capsized when the refugees moved to one side of the deck upon seeing the rescue vessels, thus, the boat lost its balance and sank fast.

More than 2000 people have drowned since the beginning of 2014, but it is likely the Mediterranean Sea has swallowed hundreds more victims in unrecorded boats that sunk before sending out an SOS signal.

In addition to Italian helicopters and coast guard ships, Irish and French vessels, including some that sailed out of Malta are involved in the rescue mission.

A refugee who is waiting his turn in Libya to take the next trip to Italy said that many Eritreans were on the ship but he is not sure of their number. He said, “nowadays it is mostly Eritreans,” he added, “The traffickers find cramming 700 or more in a ship that should not even carry half that number profitable; to them refugees are just a dry cargo– and we have no other choice.”

Since the beginning of 2015, close to 200,000 refugees were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.  By the end of 2015, it is estimated that the number of refugees crossing the Mediterranean will rise by 40% compared to 2014.

In order to combat the flow of refugees to its borders, the European Union (EU) has established a military task force to hunt down human traffickers who are taking advantage of refugees who escape their country in search of freedom. However, at the same time, “the EU is offering funds to the Eritrean dictator to persuade him to change his nature and be fair to his people so that they can stay home and not overwhelm EU shores as refugees.” In such a gesture, the EU is in consultation with the Eritrean regime to provide it with a 200  million Euro fund.

The number of Eritrean refugees who reach Europe is slightly surpassed by Syrian refugees. The population of Eritrea us estimated to be a fifth of the population of Syria.


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  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    There has been an interesting news coverage from an opposition radio Medrek today. It reports that four prison guards from the PFDJ dungeons at Ela Ero had escaped. Of those, one is reported to have reached safety alive and the other three (lieutenant Seare Yitebarek, Dpt lieutenant Mahmud Saleh and National Service Samson Hadish) were killed around Mahmimet in the northern red sea region of Eritrea by regime security. If the news is verified and a contact is established with the survivor, it would be an important addition to the work of the CoIE (which will be commencing to compile evidences for crimes against humanity that the regime will be investigated for the period of the coming 12 months).


  • No Drama

    The more I hear about this horror stories, the more I feel helpless and aloof. It seems like I can live with it and carry on with my life as if that drowning soul was alien to me. How do I manage to feel so detached to the misery of these people, my people, as if it was yet another depressing stories from afar place spamming my screen? What’s wrong with me? When and how did I lose that thriving sense of indignation that once allowed me to believe that, in the fight against injustice and suffering, nothing could ever prevent me/us from dying in the battle field? Am I losing my humanity for the solace of a life of resignation? Sure, my heart is inching every time I hear this depressing news, lamenting myself why us, why us after all we have gone through. The point is what do I do about it today? There lies the problem. I am fed up to hear this horror stories as I am fed up of my feebleness. I am also fed up of our collective ineffectiveness, as I am fed up of blaming myself and others for it.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear No Drama,
      The name you give to yourself fits you perfectly. really “No Drama” your are honest to yourself and others.the stage you are on is perfect and normal that should be. But you are in one turning point. from your honest inventory of self you are ready now to leap to 2nd stage. what is next you should do? remember, you are strong enough to challenge and won. you and your likes are very powerful people when they work united.

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selam to All:

    As if making it through the desert of the Sahara wasn’t enough and making it through the torrent Mediterranean High Seas was not enough, now the cumulative effect of which one can see it through this unfortunate Ethiopian woman who is so beaten down in Calais, France; it just leaves one so helpless with no power but to watch the misery that has befallen these human beings and the only thing at one’s disposal is just to share the pain of others in hopes of someone somehow will come up with a way of alleviating these unbearable pains.


    • Solomon Haile

      100 – 23. Beyan, SYNERGY. Pause.

  • Elsa

    Is it old news about the security head of Eritrea?http://www.zehabesha.com/amharic/archives/45626

  • betri_weyn

    Hi nitric
    according to Mr yemane gebreab they aren’t Eri so forget about Mediterranean,lampadusa.boat and migrants please confirm me there’s bad News coming from hamasen-awraja. Your new guest Wedi- nega got problem ሳላ ፅቡቅ ዝሃረመ ማይ ክረምቲ ኣዲ ጽጋብ ብጽጋብ ኯይና ሰብ ብጽጋብ ይሃምም ኣሎ።(ተመስገን እዩ ሳላ ስውኣትኩም) ደምሂት፣ኣርበኞች ግንቦት ሸውኣተ ስንቂ በቃ ዝግኒ ብዝግኒ ኾይኖም ኣለውዉ ይብሃል ኣሎ ሃቂ ድዩ ኣታ ንትርክ ኣርከይ? Wedi-nega if he suffered by overeating just treat him at adiquala don’t send him Belgium

  • Amanuel

    Hi Gedab news
    Yet, another sad news and hope God do his miracle and save them somehow. I think the picture accompanying the news is a bit insencitive to the families of those who were on board of the boat, specially to those who are awaiting to hear the fate of their loved once.

    • Abraham Hanibal

      Hi Amanuel;

      I agree with your observation regarding the accompanying photo of this news item. It is, once more, very sad to hear this dreadful news of our compatriots facing a catastrophic tragedy in high seas, many of them losing their lives. I find, however, the picture of the gaping shark in the picture as not appropriate, if not directly offending to those who’ve to deal with this tragedy.


      • Nitricc

        HI Am-Hanibal. what is even worst is that it could have averted. I heard it on some news saying that the reason for the accident was that some one on the boat screamed when spotted a rescue boat and every one on the boat shifted to see the rescue boat and the boat lost its balance then the rest is history.

        • betri_weyn

          Hi nitric
          Mediterranean,boat,migrants crisis is not an Eritrean problem according to Mr yemane(monkey) so there’s urgent bad/good news coming from asmara people talking about these year winter (ሳላ ፅቡቅ ዝሃረመ ማይ ክረምቲ ኣዲ ጽጋብ ብጽጋብ ኯይና ሰብ ብጽጋብ ይሃምም ኣሎ።ተመስገን እዩ ።ደምሂት፣ኣርበኞች ግንቦት ሸውኣተ ስንቂ በቃ ዝግኒ ብዝግኒ ኾይኖም ኣለውዉ ይብሃል ኣሎ ሃቂ ድዩ ኣታ ንትርክ ኣርከይ) please if wedi-nega suffered by overeating don’t send him Belgium treat him on adiquala

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Nitiricc,
          Yes Nitiricc, why people are blaming PIA and his party for the boat that lost its balance? in fact the heavy among those guys on the boat should be blamed.

        • Solomon Haile

          Selamat Abraham,

          Yes it could have been averted a lot sooner than the scream. Pause.

      • Solomon Haile

        Selamat Mr. Hanibal, Though at first glance, when one considers temperatures in any Eritrean website (dembe eritawyann), or possibly from various other angles any vector force may be approaching on that vector, yes I too would agree with Aya Amanuel. However, Sharks do exist and feed and frustrations at times is away I express anger upon reading or witnessing tragedies such as this. (It would be insensitive for me perhaps to recall Dan Quins Ishmael -takers and leavers is what was conjured in my thoughts- point of the novel I took) . The angle I support consistent with the best solution for the causes of such blunders is present in the data shared above, for example the the 200,000 who made it safe to land. As we all pause and join mourners with those even closer to this human lost, (decenised effect mildly) Shock value of this media outlet could be the cause of the choice of the graphics. Pause.


        • Amanuel

          Hi Solomon
          Yes, Sharks do exist and that may be the reality, but at a moment of darkness we should aim to give hope and comfort as much as we can. I believe Awate is here to give hope to the hopeless Eritrean situation. When I wrote the comments my intention was to bring the case the attention of the news editor, so that he can amend it or at least take away the shark; may be replace it with a rescue boat. However, it appears that it landed on a deaf ear and it is adding salt to the injury, the least I can say.

          • Solomon Haile

            Good morning Uncle Amanuel, I do have a habit on leaning on you many a times. Your point on news items is noted despite my difficulty of mourning a loss.


          • Amanuel

            Hi Solomon
            My condolences and I pry to God to give you the strength at this very difficult moment. I am a bit taken aback by this calling me Aya or uncle Amanuel, though I am at an age to be called Aya.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Amanuel and solomon,

            Thank you both. we need to continue and be part of the optimistic fighter. it is time for us to note and see we have genuine people who never stop hopping and who never stop struggling since ever. and here is what my camp looks like..enjoy ደምበይ ደምበ ጽንዓት

            . . . . .ደምበይ ደምበ ሓቂ .. . . .

            ደምበይ ደምበ ጀጋኑ :-
            . . . . . .ወጽዓ ዝኾነኑ :-
            . . . . . .ምስ ስውእ ዝወገኑ :-
            . . . . . .ኣብ ጸገም ዘይሰኣኑ :-
            ብዝጊ ዝመሓሉ እንከይበታተኑ ::

            ደምበይ ደምበ መትከል :-
            . . . . . .ዘይብሉ ሰንከልከል :-
            . . . . . .ሓሳባቶም ትኹል :-
            . . . . . .እናሓደረ ዝልዕል :-
            ጥርኑፋት ሰብ ማእከል ::

            ደምበይ ደምበ ማዕበልቲ :-
            . . . . . .ብንቅሓት ሰጎምቲ :-
            . . . . . .ጌጋታት ኣረምቲ :-
            . . . . . .ገምገምቲ መመይቲ
            ንዊሕ ዝጉዕዞኦም ድሕር ዘይበሃልቲ ::

            ደምበ ደምበ ዲሞክራሲ :-
            . . . . . .ዘይታለሉ ንኹርሲ :-
            . . . . . .ዕውታት ብቃልሲ :-
            . . . . . .ሰብ ሩህሩህ ከርሲ :-
            ፍጹም ዘይቅበሉ ሓፋሾም ዝሃሲ ::

            ደምበይ ደምበይ ደምበ ደቀባት :-
            . . . . . .ዝፍልጡ ሕግታታት :-
            . . . . . .ዘኽብሩ ባህልታት :-
            . . . . . .ክቡራት ዕዙዛት :-
            ስሮም ካብ ሃገረይ ደቂ ‘ዛ ሓላል መሬት ::

            ደምበይ ደምበ ሓቂ :-
            . . . . . .ጸረ ‘ቲ ሰራቒ :-
            . . . . . ጸረ ቲ ጨፍላቒ
            . . . . . ጸረ ቲ ሓናቒ :-
            ግርም ዝተሰርዐ ንሰላም ንዕርቂ ::

            ደምበይ ደምበ ጽንዓት :-
            . . . . . ዘይስንብድ ኣብ ውድቀት :-
            . . . . . ድልው ንመስዋእትነት :-
            . . . . . ሓርበኛ ‘ቲ ምዑት:-
            ንመሰል ዝቃለስ ብቀጻሊ ትብዓት ::

            ኮኾብ ሰላም 30/10/2014

          • Amanuel Hidrat


            ይበል ይበል ኢንታይ ክወጾ : ብግጥምታትካ ገይርካ ደኣ ንጽምአት ደሞክራሲን ፍትሕን ዘለና አርውየና ኣይትሕመቕ ኢኻ ሓደራኻ

            ኣማኑኤል ሕድራት

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Friends,
    another bad news. again and again one thing to learn, peace and prosperity should be searched within Eritrea – our nation. even after going through this risky journey and surviving, no single man will be happy. additional to this we should know that our common problem can’t be solved by risking individually by leaving the nation.

    • Solomon Haile

      Selamat Kokhob Loki, Indeed Nitric and Betri-“Demosophia” would agree. Now, I am not sure if you have come a cross dembe Visafric… SJG can point you to… It has gone underground ala P. Solomon abti kemzy ewan adlay netttt.. One word conjugated… HTG Harriet Tubman perhaps Radio Ammm Abraham or Petros Solomon when released can tell –Amina Abraham Nitric – his significant error in delaying his rightful position of becoming Top Gun like Tom Cruz. And Saay is paing close attention to A. Weini’s (head above water) with Triple’s cafe in Kansas ( not ozzi Ozzi OzSborn). Brrrgied 72 AND Pause.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Solomon,

        እቲ ኣነ ኣይንሰደድ ይብል –
        እቲ ንሱ ኣይትሰደዱ ይብል –
        ……. ናይ ክልቴና ሓደ እዩ ዝመስል-
        ልብና ግን በበይኑ ይስሕል ::

        እቲ ናተይ ለውጢ ንኽለዓል –
        ………ሓፋሽ ህዝቢ ገባቲ ክሕምትል-
        እቲ ናቱ ክኣስር ክቀትል-
        ………ጨፋሊቁ ሃገር ንኸቀምስል ::

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Solomon, enjoy more reading bellow,

          . . . . . ለውጢ ኣይተርፍን. . . . .

          ብዘይሻቅሎት ኣየናይ ዕለት ተሰጊሩ :-
          ብዘይጥምየት ኣየናይ ለይቲ ተሓዲሩ :-
          ናይ ሎሚ ግን ገዲዱ ሓሊፉ ካብ መስመሩ ::
          እንተስ ተገቲሩ:-
          ……እንተስ ተወጢሩ :-
          ……………..እንተስ ተሸጊሩ :-
          ………………….እንተስ ኣንጸርጺሩ
          ኣይተርፎን እዩ ልውጢ – መግዛእቲ ምስባሩ ::

          እዋእ !!ውጥርጥር ዘይበለ መዓስ ይትኮስ :-
          ተነፊሑ ተነፊሑ ቆርበት እሞ ይልስልስ :-
          ይልሕልሕ እምብዛ ሓይሉ ውን ይሃስስ :-
          ምኽኣል ስኢንዎ ይቅደድ ይነፍስ ::

          ካባኻ ዘይሓልፍ ጋሻ ኣጥቢቅካ ስዓሞ :-
          ካባኻ ዘይሓልፍ ስራሕ ጸብቅካ ዕመሞ :
          ለውጢ ኣይተርፍን እዩ ቀልጢፍካ ፈጽሞ :-
          ምፍትሒ ኣይኮነን ህድማ ካብ ‘ዛ ህድሞ ::

          ብኮኾብ ሰላም