Meron Estefanos Retracts Claims of Organ Harvesting

We now have evidence that Meron Estefanos of the International Commission of Eritrean Refugees is either deliberately lying or gravely mistaken in regards to her recent comments on organ trafficking in the Sinai. In an April 9, 2013 International Business Times article, she was interviewed by Gianluca Mezzofiore on the matter. Mezzofiore writes, “Estefanos denied the organ-harvesting claims. ‘Those claims came only from one source,’ she said. ‘I’ve interviewed 3,000 hostages and not one single person can say that. It’s a dead-end investigation. She said that other organizations had interviewed more than 7,500 survivors in Israel with not a single witness of organ harvesting.'”[1]

Really? Is that true? Well, according to a May 2012 article that she co-authored under the title, “From Sawa to the Sinai Desert: The Eritrean Tragedy of Human Trafficking,” she claims that she conducted interviews with human trafficking victims. She writes that “our paper dealing with victims of human trafficking in the Sinai Desert is based to a greater extent on a selected sample of interviews done with more than 100 victims of human trafficking in the Sinai Desert, conducted by one of the current authors (Meron Estefanos).” She then goes on to say that “the data collected by the interviews reveal dreadful stories of atrocities perpetrated against Eritreans by the Bedouin traffickers….in several instances, the organs of victims, such as kidneys, are taken out by traffickers to be sold inside and outside Egypt. In the process the body of victims is left to decompose in the desert or be eaten by wild animals. Some are buried in an undignified manner in the middle of the desert.” [2] Clearly, she records “several instances” of organ exploitation of supposed victims she personally interviewed, which contradicts her claim that there were no recorded instances. Very interesting.

If she is lying, as is likely the case in the more recent IBT article, why would she lie? Why would she hide or ignore the cases of organ-trafficking while focusing endlessly on the Eritrean Government’s role in driving out the migrants? We must remember that Ms. Meron has an very clear agenda behind her human trafficking claims. In the same 2012 paper, she says that the Eritrean migrants, dubbed “asylum-seekers,” are being driven into exploitation by the Eritrean government’s policies and corruption (via officials like Col. “Manjus”). The paper goes on to make the following conclusion: “Our paper has discussed a number of recommendations that should be adopted by the Eritrean government and others in order to alleviate the suffering of Eritrean victims in the Sinai Desert. One of the most important elements in this regard is democratisation of the current repressive governance structure in Eritrea. This is a principal precondition to tackle the challenge of human trafficking in Eritrea.”

Thus, she is saying that reform of the Eritrean government is the “principal precondition.” In other words, she is focusing primarily and almost exclusively on taking actions against the supply-side of human trafficking. However, what she fails to do in most cases–as anyone who genuinely cares for the plight of Eritrean migrants would do–is to take it further and apply a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue by also taking actions against DEMAND-side factors of human trafficking. When Ms. Meron wrote her article, following a ground-breaking 2011 CNN Freedom Project documentary on Sinai organ harvesting by Frederik Pleitgen, [3] it was initially thought that–according to Pleitgen, NGOs, and the international media–Hamas and terrorists organizations were the main culprits driving African organ trafficking in the Sinai. [4, 5, 6, 7] Since writing her article, however, there have been reports that suggest that the Sinai organ harvesting trade is linked to Israel rather than terrorist networks. [8] Over the last few months, more evidence has emerged placing Israelis at the center of a larger international, illegal organ harvesting business:

“Defendant admits illegal organ harvesting in Kosovo,” AFP, 4/5/13 [9]
“Man convicted of organ trade jailed for 3 years,” Ynet News, 4/4/13 [10]
“Organ trafficking: Dutch to lead international inquiry,” BBC, 11/16/12 [11]
“Israeli man gets 2.5 years in US kidneys-for-cash case,” Ynet News, 7/12/12 [12]

With Eritreans eager for any news relating to human trafficking, it wasn’t long before they caught onto these reports. Last week, multiple Eritrean news websites across the entire political spectrum posted a Youtube link to a video of an NBC Nightly News broadcast entitled “Jews Arrested over Organ Trafficking Case.” [13, 14, 15] Even news websites promoting the the so-called “Forto 2013” campaign were forced to share the video with readers. [16] The video’s caption states, “US agents have arrested 44 elected officials and Jewish rabbis in New Jersey in a huge anti-corruption sweep across the state. Charges of extortion, bribery, money laundering and human organ trafficking were stunning even for a state long notorious for official corruption and organized crime.” [17] The video quickly went viral across social media, sparking a buzz and leading many Eritreans to question the extent of Israeli involvement in Sinai organ trafficking. In fact, so popular was the video that even Meron herself tweeted a link. [18] Interestingly, it would be only two days after this shocking revelation to the Eritrean community that she would retract her claims of organ trafficking of Eritreans in the Sinai via the International Business Times article. If Ms. Meron’s primary concern was the plight and exploitation of the Eritrean refugees, then one would reasonably expect her to be vocal on this matter that drives the demand for Eritrean organs. Instead, she myopically focuses on only the Eritrean government’s problems.

The question still remains: how significant is Israel in driving human trafficking and organ harvesting? It must first be understood that human trafficking into Israel through the Sinai is an issue that long predates the recent exploitation of Eritrean and African migrants. Back in 2001, Israel was black listed by the U.S. State Dept. for human trafficking. [19] According to the Knesset, “3,000 women are trafficked annually in Israel for work in the sex industry…the sex industry in Israel has an annual turnover of some billion dollars.” [20] Yes, that’s billions with a “B.” It should be noted that prior to African migrants becoming the subjects of trafficking into the country, white Eastern European women preceded them in what was known as the “white slave trade.” Nothing was done to stop the illegal trade because the “state also earns a tidy profit from the white slave trade.” [21] After failures to reverse the trend, 2004 headlines began to read “Israel a Human Trafficking Haven” and reports started to emerge about the Russian mafia’s long standing involvement in the criminal affair. [22, 23] It was then found that many of the migrants were being exploited for their organs, with Israel at the center of the huge global black market. As a 2004 NYT article indicates:

“Tracing the journey of Mr. da Silva’s kidney through that chain, which spanned four continents and ended in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, reveals the inner workings of a network that human rights groups say is by no means unique. Rather, they say, it is representative of a global black market for organs, including livers, kidneys and lungs, that touches dozens of countries and generates many millions of dollars a year.

To those who monitor organ trafficking, it was no surprise that Israel should emerge as the focal point of a syndicate. Organ donation rates in Israel are among the lowest in the developed world, about one-third the rate in Western Europe, in large part because of what Health Ministry officials and doctors describe as a widespread impression that Jewish religious law prohibits transplants as a ‘desecration of the body.’

…To meet Israeli’s growing demand for organs, middlemen calling themselves brokers, from prominent doctors to a former spokesman for a health maintenance organization, have rushed into the market to set prices for a scarce product that can reach $150,000 for a kidney. Some advertise openly in Israeli newspapers and on radio stations, soliciting recipients and donors.

…’As of today, there is no law in Israel that forbids trafficking in human organs,’ Meir Broder, a legal adviser to the Health Ministry, explained in an interview in Jerusalem. ‘There is no criminal aspect at all.'” [24]

The initial victims were predominantly Easter European women for the first half of the 2000’s (and decades before). Israel soon implemented “a number of reforms to curtail the activity of human smugglers, including tightening immigration controls at Ben-Gurion International Airport and the Haifa and Ashdod seaports” and “since Israeli officials have made it more difficult to transfer women into Israel through more conventional routes, the Russian mafia has turned to Bedouin tribesmen to accomplish the task.” [25] To address the issue, the social activism organization Atzum and the law firm Kabri-Nevo-Kaidar teamed up to form the Task Force on Human Trafficking (TFHT), organizing demonstrations mainly aimed at ending the white slave trade. [26] By 2008, there was a sharp drop off the trade due to new legislation and aggressive enforcement against traffickers of these women. [27] However, in January of that same year, Eritreans under the protection of UNHCR were offered B1 visas to work in Israel, which renewed and preserved the illegal migration of peoples across the Bedouin Sinai. These Eritreans, most of which are actually non-Eritreans, [28] replaced the Eastern European labor as the new victims of human trafficking. As the projects coordinator for the TFHT explained that “’the more typical victim of human trafficking and Israel knows it from the 1990s is the Eastern European woman who was brought from abroad and put into brothels. Then there is the example of externally trafficked people, for instance, what is going on in the Sinai today for African migrants. They end up coming into Israel and as the most vulnerable population they are coerced into the prostitution industry,’ she said.” [29]

While sex trafficking of Eastern Europeans had dropped off, demand for organ trafficking continued to skyrocket with no new legislation to curtail the illegal industry. The Huffington Post explains that “according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the search for organs has intensified around the world because of an increase in kidney diseases and not enough available kidneys. Only 10 percent of the estimated need was met in 2005. As a result, the illegal kidney trade has increased tremendously over the past couple of years with the extent of illegal kidney transplants unknown even to the WHO.” [30] Meanwhile, no country has had more of it’s nationals caught for international organ trafficking than Israel:

“Israeli suspected of organ trafficking,” Jerusalem Post, 5/1/07 [31]
“Two Haifa men sentenced to jail for organ trafficking,” Ha’aretz, 12/17/07 [32]
“Sting rocks U.S. transplant industry,” Toronto Star, 7/25/09 [33]
“Top Sweden newspaper says IDF kills Palestinians for their organs,” Ha’aretz, 8/18/09 [34]
“Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent” The Guardian, 12/21/2009 [35]

Thus, how it is possible for Ms. Meron to ignore these obvious facts? If human trafficking is truly an issue in the Sinai and if it has been shown that 42% of the estimated 15,000 illegally trafficked organs come from human trafficking, [36, 37] then how is it that she couldn’t find just one–Just One!–account among the 10,500 trafficking survivors that she and other organizations supposedly interviewed. Why is it that she retracted her initial claims of organ harvesting? Is she lying or is she mistaken? Furthermore, why does she focus solely on prosecuting the Eritrean government while turning a near complete blind eye to organ trafficking in the Sinai with its possible links to Israel? As one of Israel’s leading human trafficking experts, Rabbi Levi Lauer of Atzum and the TFHT, indicates, “the great challenge continues to be the demand!” [38] He says this with great emphasis for a reason; a reason, which Ms. Meron may now be trying to quietly sweep under the rug. Therefore, the Eritrean community and friends of Eritreans around the world should pressure Ms. Meron to be comprehensive in her approach to dealing with human trafficking by concurrently addressing the demand for organs harvested from Eritrean migrants, whether it stems from Israel, Hamas, or any other entity. The causes of human trafficking do not originate from Eritrea alone. If she calls for international action and sanctions on Eritrea vis-a-vis human trafficking then she should also be prepared to do the same against the Israeli government, if found responsible. Is she ready to do that? Does she have the sincerity and courage to do that?

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References:

[1] http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/455019/20130409/eritrean-sinai-refugees-egypt-sudan.htm
[2] http://asmarino.com/articles/1411-from-sawa-to-the-sinai-desert-the-eritrean-tragedy-of-human-trafficking6
[3] http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/21/germans-take-up-sinai-trafficking/
[4] http://www.everyonegroup.com/EveryOne/MainPage/Entries/2013/2/22_Human_trafficking_in_the_Sinai__to_fight_it_we_need_to_know_it.html
[5] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4005541,00.html
[6] http://www.everyonegroup.com/EveryOne/MainPage/Entries/2010/12/29_Report__Hamas_torturing_250_Eritreans_inEgypt.html
[7] http://www.israelifrontline.com/2011/01/ngo-implicates-hamas-in-organ.html
[8] http://www.presstv.ir/detail/242687.html
[9] http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jF5SKBr3lxatZAGhjiO2TdOy0R2g?docId=CNG.2087a1fa49c06d0ef382812296f4a009.1a1
[10] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4363994,00.html
[11] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20354401
[12] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4254540,00.html
[13] http://www.eritrea-chat.com/organ-trafficking-case-us-kids-organs-to-feed-israels-health-system/
[14] http://www.dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/2013/jan//0676.html
[15] http://www.meskerem.net/ (On main page without separate hard link; accesed on 4/14/2013)
[16] http://www.forto21.nselam.com/?p=839
[17] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBsAg0v4_ik&feature=youtu.be
[18] https://twitter.com/meronina/status/320856652754608130
[19] http://www.news24.com/World/Israel-Brisk-trade-in-sex-slaves-20021208
[20] http://www.knesset.gov.il/committees/eng/docs/sachar_yor_eng.htm
[21] http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JI05Ak01.html
[22] http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,129157,00.html
[23] http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=4246
[24] http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/23/world/organ-trade-global-black-market-tracking-sale-kidney-path-poverty-hope.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
[25] http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=4246
[26] http://m.jpost.com/HomePage/FrontPage/Article.aspx?id=92256573&cat=1
[27] http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/a-fence-but-not-a-solution-on-the-israel-egypt-border-1.397627
[28] https://redseafisher.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/human-trafficking-and-human-rights-agenda-against-eritrea/
[29] http://m.jpost.com/HomePage/FrontPage/Article.aspx?id=92256573&cat=1
[30] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/24/illegal-organ-trafficking_n_244686.html
[31] http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=59856
[32] http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/two-haifa-men-sentenced-to-jail-for-organ-trafficking-1.235355
[33] http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2009/07/25/sting_rocks_us_transplant_industry.html
[34] http://www.haaretz.com/news/top-sweden-newspaper-says-idf-kills-palestinians-for-their-organs-1.282166
[35] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/21/israeli-pathologists-harvested-organs
[36] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/24/illegal-organ-trafficking_n_244686.html
[37] http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:230961
[38] http://www.truah.org/blog/?p=2068

94 thoughts on “Meron Estefanos Retracts Claims of Organ Harvesting

  1. It doesn’t matter what she said then and now, what is important is Meron is our times hero. She is doing what the puppet Ambassadors or leaders of the PFDJ gangs should been doing. Good job Meron, you are a true Eritrean!!! Don’t pay attention to what the walking papagalos are saying.

    • If this inept, non-entity sorry excuse for a woman is considered a hero to you, then i suggest to you, you clearly are in a desperate need of self enligtment and worldy discovery.

      • BOSTONIAN,

        WHY ARE THE AGAMES KILLING EACH OTHER IN BOSTON???
        BTW: Does “Mafia PFDJ” fit your wise man cheap shot?

      • Bostonian,
        Did you VOTED for your tax dollars to be spent for your SLAVE MASTERS, waging 50 years of war against the Eritrean people’s demand for independence ?

        If you had NO idea where your tax dollars is going, you would NOT know much about ANYTHING to talk about,,, DO YOU ?????

        Then again,,, Ignorance a bliss,,, isn’t it?

      • Danny,
        Self-serving false messiahs know no Heroes, for their personal gains & interests at the EXPENSE of the nation comes first, before the liberty of a nation.

        Meron Estefanos Inc., the SWORN MORTAL ENEMIES OF ERITREAN INDEPENDENCE, can’t possibly have the INTEREST of Eritreans national liberation struggle & the welbeing of a nation, they left behind in mind. before their own self-serving personal agendas.

        Therefore,,, Those who left a nation bleeding in 50 years of war can NOT preach to the nation liberated in 50 years of war.

        Thanks to EXPERIENCE of 60 years national liberation & reconstruction struggle, ERITREA & ERITREANS NEED NO FALSE PROPHETS & FAKE MESSIAHS PREACHING GLORY from American & European coffee-shops.

    • even if the Eritrean government can rescue its citizen, authorities will deport them back to their home land,,,but none of its citizens allow this to happen blc they might think they are lossers to go back home after spending their money and time, in this case I couldnt imagine what pple are expecting to happen,,,any government rescuing its citizen should take them to homeland end of story!

      • NO GOVERNMENT IN THE WHOLE WORLD HAVE A RIGHT TO DEMAND THE RELEASE AND RETURN OF IT’S CITIZENS, WHO COMMITTED THE CRIME OF ILLEGALLY CROSSING THE SACRONISTIC BOUNDRIESSA LEGAL AND LEGITIMATE BORDERS OF ANY NATION.

        Mexico has no right to demand the return of her citizens illegally crossed to USA, just like Eritrea has none.
        WELCOME TO REAL WORLD.

      • NAKFA,,, YOU SOUND LIKE A NICE GUY.
        Why don’t you please rescue these poor Ethiopians.

        Over 85,000 Ethiopian refugees escaped to Yemen in 2012

        By Silk Da Shocker

        16 Jan 2013

        “The mass exodus of Ethiopian refugees goes largely unreported. In 2012 alone, over 340,000 Ethiopians left their country as refugees, making Ethiopia the number one exporting refugee country in Africa.
        Yet the media continues to neglect this great migration because the savage tyrant in Ethiopia is a puppet of the United States.

        http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?N … Pb2uR25OJk

        ETHIOPIANREVEIW .com

        Ethiopia: Record Number of ETHIOPIANS Crossed Gulf of Aden in 2012

        UN Agency Reports 15 Jan. 2013

        “Eight of every ten arrivals last year were Ethiopian nationals (over 84,000 arrivals), while Somali refugees constituted the rest”. “However, for the vast majority of Ethiopian migrants protection space is nearly non-existent and they are often extremely vulnerable.” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

        allafrica. com

    • Please explain what puppet means? Since our ambassadors and leaders live such a lavish life and are millions of dollars richer than the average Eritrea right? You obviously need to be enlightened by world history and more importantly who the real puppets and puppet masters are.

    • Every year, millions of Mexicans, Central and South Americans ILLEGALLY MIGRATE TO USA IN DROVES, risking their freedom, personal and family lives for better opportunity in USA.
      And in all cases, “COYOTES- human traffickers” are paid thousands of dollars to transfer the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, from the very first to final destination.

      Keeping your POLITICALLY BLEEDING NOSE aside, WHAT MAKES THE ERITREAN CASE ANY DIFFERENT THAN “COYOTES” TRANSFERRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, just like all over continental America???

    • Welcome to the real world !!!

      Every year, millions of Mexicans, Central and South Americans ILLEGALLY MIGRATE TO USA IN DROVES, risking their freedom, personal and family lives for better opportunity in USA.
      And in all cases, “COYOTES- human traffickers” are paid thousands of dollars to transfer the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, from the very first to final destination.

      Keeping your POLITICALLY BLEEDING NOSE aside, WHAT MAKES THE ERITREAN CASE ANY DIFFERENT THAN “COYOTES” TRANSFERRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, just like all over continental America ???

      THE TRUTH HURTS,,,, DOESN’T IT ???????????

    • Over 85,000 Ethiopian refugees escaped to Yemen in 2012

      By Silk Da Shocker

      16 Jan 2013

      “The mass exodus of Ethiopian refugees goes largely unreported. In 2012 alone, over 340,000 Ethiopians left their country as refugees, making Ethiopia the number one exporting refugee country in Africa.
      Yet the media continues to neglect this great migration because the savage tyrant in Ethiopia is a puppet of the United States.

      http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?N … Pb2uR25OJk

      ETHIOPIANREVEIW .com

      Ethiopia: Record Number of ETHIOPIANS Crossed Gulf of Aden in 2012

      UN Agency Reports 15 Jan. 2013

      “Eight of every ten arrivals last year were Ethiopian nationals (over 84,000 arrivals), while Somali refugees constituted the rest”. “However, for the vast majority of Ethiopian migrants protection space is nearly non-existent and they are often extremely vulnerable.” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

      allafrica. com

      • Why obsessed about ethiopia? Clean ur own kitchen first,eritrea is one of the most refugee producing in africa ,y so worried abt ethiopians when eritreans are getting kidnapped in Sinai ? Are you more ethiopian than eritrean? Ur Fake patriotism is disgusting,When you call worshiping PFDJ patriotism but critisizing PFDJ or speaking about Sinai etc treason.wake up!!!

      • RIRI,
        Which cave have you just popped out from?
        Didn’t your mother tell you,,, “ETHIOPIA IS STILL WAGING 60 YEARS OF ENDLESS WANTON WARS, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION AGAINST ERITREA AND ERITREANS”???

        Now,,, Who is “OBSESSED” with whom ???
        BUT,,, WHY 60 YEARS OF ENDLESS WAR???

      • ErythreenSea,
        You are just a paranoid depressed monkey…while u were too busy thinking about Ethiopia ,Eritreans are dying in Sinai and u don’t give a damn about it,patriotsm is not barking about ethiopia but not ignoring the fact Eritreans are dying everywhere,maybe to you ranting about ethiopia is more important than lives of Eritreans lost in Sinai.Ethiopians tried to take our land decades ago,war have passed we gained our independense from Ethiopia.After independence war was waged by two stubborn ppl and the people paid the price,Bademe is occupied by ethiopia but international court ruled it belong to us,Eritrea.Our land is going no where,its there to stay and the world acknowledged that,so why not speak about Eritreans current problems like indefinite national service,EraEro, constitution,Sinai,PFDJ,we have no private media ,We have nothing..no need for you to get emotional if u decide to speak politics atleast be mature enough and not be emotional about it,think criticaly,Why do pro-pfdj think that a govt should not be critisized? This is not patriotism but idiolatry.Isayas follows the same principle and agenda as the Nazis “voice or no voice,The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce any pacisfist for lack of patriotism,and exposing the country to great danger.It works the same way In any country” -Nazi leader Herman Georing-

      • PROPHET RIRI,
        You are very fortunate, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY did NOT pay a drop of blood for Ethiopian 60 YEARS OF ENDLESS WARS AGAINST ERITREANS.

        Do you have ANY IDEA as to what happened to ERITREAN FAMILIES,

        1. STILL PAYING THE BLOOD OF THEIR LOVED FAMILIES to endless Ethiopian wars against Eritreans?
        2. Displaced from their homes and farm-lands due to the 60 years Ethiopian wars or the ERITREAN FAMILIES DISPLACED FROM BADME?

        YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE OR DISLIKE PFDJ TO ADMIT, Ethiopia is still WAGING ENDLESS WARS AGAINST ERITREANS, starting way before the inception of PFDJ.

        TOO BAD,,, FLASE MESSAIAHS LIKE YOU, HATE TO FACE THE BITTER TRUTH,,,, ETHIOPIA STILL CONTINUES TO OCCUPY ERITREA, DISPLACE ERITREANS AND WAGE ENDLESS WAR AGAINST ERITREANS.

        PROPHET RIRI,
        Demonizing PFDJ for your own agenda is NOT going to change the fact that ERITREANS ARE BEING DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES AND
        FARM LANDS IN BADME BY ETHIOPIAN ARMED MERCENARY AGGRESSION.

        THEREFORE,,, YOU ARE PREACHING AT THE WRONG SERMON.

        still, due to Ethiopian ENDLESS WARS against Eritreans?

      • EritreanSea aka paid actor rented by hgdf to be a cyber warsay

        Aww poor puppy,bejeka shenkolel entay tefeltu.First of all don’t take everything is according to your prespectives.If you and your family didn’t do anything 4 eritrea ,doesn’t mean everybody is.ok kid?
        Endless war?are there clashes going on between Eritrea and ethiopia??and are eritreans in badme only?Being displaced by Ethiopia is nothing compared to the crimes of PFDJ and suffereing in Sinai .tsemam hade derfu .I heard wut u had to say about ethiopia or that’s the only thing Isayas allows to bark about?
        60 year this happened! 60 years ago ethiopians did this and that.Get back to the future idiots,learn from history but stop living in it.
        What bitter truth?That there was war between eritrea and ethiopia? Oh u had me there you just exposed to the world that there was war between eritrea and ethiopia ,ya ppl didn’t actually know that -__- .

        Demonizing PFDJ? Hgdf is screwing itself by leaving its dirty fingerprints in history as murderurs.G-15 jailed what did u say?UoA/private media closed,national service is indefinite.and a mad dog ruling eritrea that thinks eritrean refugees are going for picnin(Reautors Interview) what did u say to all of this? Or you’re just a robot progammed by PFDJ and repeats what its said by hgdf?Focusing on bademe and forgeting evrything else doesn’t make you patriotic.But a fake opportunist getting some personal benefits,u traitors .

        Is ranting about ethiopia all you’ve got? Nothing more? But what to expect from ppl like who are scripted actors paid by PFDJ

        The fact hgdfawyan have nothing to say about Sinai shows ur tru colours and nature,u bark about a piece of land but ignore the ppl .is that patriotism according to u? The fact that u have no argument or point makes u look like 5 year old children who are not mature enough to know what they are talking about .

        And plz don’t recycle ur words,stop copy pasting …..

      • RiRi,
        Did you just say the Ethiopian war against Eritrea and Eritreans happened “60 YEARS AGO” ???
        KEEP IT COMING FOR THE MORE YOU SPILL YOUR BEANS, THE MORE YOU ARE EXPOSING YOUR TRUE COLORS.
        Btw: I WONDER WHY,,,, YOU HAVE
        NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE ERITREANS DISPLACED BY ETHIOPIAN PRESENT WARS ???
        Then again,,,, You already figured out the war was OVER

      • ErithreanSea aka fake patriotism
        What do I have to say about history?Its a fact and add nothing to it,ur so worried abt ppl being displaced by ethiopian war…….are you saying PFDJ couldn’t settle them in Eritrea 🙂

        Besides there are currently ,as u bark ,1000s of Eritreans held hostages in Sinai .why not speak about a current present issue?????.
        Keep your crocodile tears to urself ,are you boldly claiming that at this moment there is war between eritrea and ethiopia and bombs are being thrown from both sides…what the….You hallucinating paranoid monkey,the drug that u are using is showing bad side effects on you.

        As I have said Eritreans displaced by war and now we are an independent country why not go back to eritrea ? Oh wait,Eritrea is ruled by the most repressive regime ,so again sadly eritreans live in exile,displaced by hgdf,killed In sinai and drowning in sea but according to the mad dog isayas in his Reutors interview this is all a picnic .So why are u ignoring present cases and living in history? Is that where u hide behind to fool urself and feel a lil bit better because you cannot face reality ? Can any hgdfay give me a logical explaination why u think that anyone who disagree with PFDJ automatically linked to ethiopia??keep on getting $$$$ from PFDJ for now,you’ll pay a heavy price later and we will remember how each and every one hgdfawy ignored the plight of Eritreans In sinai and everywhere else………….
        We will not forget you traitors how you danced in PFDJ parties ontop of he graves of Eritreans killed in Sinai and how recently hgdfawyan in sweden where barking about arson in protests the same day about two yeas ago 400 eritreans drowned in sea and when eritreans are being BURNT ALIVE in Sinai .is this the patriotism you talk about?

        You are nothing but a money hungry cheap being hired by mafia PFDJ to parrot them tirelessly

        You cannot wake up someone pretending to sleep.

    • What needs to be investigated in relation to this question, that is totally and utterly unmentioned in the above article, is the Egyptian security intelligence dealings with the Israeli ‘intelligence’ i.e. Mossad as the main agents, who are well known in Egypt as those who ‘trade with Israel’ rather than anyone else.

      Please note, in Sinai, blaming the Bedouin is a very well known tactic, in particular when members of the Egyptian ‘intelligence’ performed terrorist attacks against the Bedouin neighbourhoods, towns, and trading areas, directly in the last decade, for their own agenda, targetting Bedouin areas, through the bomb attacks, and then blaming the Bedouin as an excuse to round up and mass torture and illegally detain 1,000s of Bedouin as a form of racist ‘control’ of the Bedouin population, using the most brutal torture against women and children who were rounded up and imprisoned by the Egyptian ‘security’. This duplicity of the ‘Egyptian security in Sinai, was recently revealed when security documents were released during the uprising in Egypt.

      Blaming the Bedouin for their own crimes is a common tactic of the Egyptian security apparatus, who are well-known internationally to have performed CIA torture and murder to order under the Mubarak regime, representing some of the most cruel and inhumane torture and murder procedures found in the world. Different investigations in Egypt instead have revealed ‘Egyptian surgeons’ working with the ‘Egyptian security apparatus’ selling harvested organs to the Israeli Mossad “Russian and Ukrainian mafia” agents, instead, so I think the article above, needs to be somewhat revised, since people in Egypt know that ‘blaming the Bedouin’ is too common an excuse used by the Egyptian security when they do their Russian mafia under-cover ‘deals’ using the ‘lawlessness’ of Sinai as their ‘excuse’ to hide their crimes. Any Bedouin in Sinai instead knows that the Northern Sinai region is the most controlled area of all of Egypt, under the Egyptian military ‘security’ control primarily first and foremost of anyone else.

    • Danny,

      Self-serving false messiahs know no Heroes, for their personal gains & interests at the EXPENSE of the nation comes first, before the liberty of a nation.

      Meron Estefanos Inc., the SWORN MORTAL ENEMIES OF ERITREAN INDEPENDENCE, can’t possibly have the INTEREST of Eritreans national liberation struggle & the welbeing of a nation, they left behind in mind. before their own self-serving personal agendas.

      Therefore,,, Those who left a nation bleeding in 50 years of war can NOT preach to the nation liberated in 50 years of war.

      Thanks to EXPERIENCE of 60 years national liberation & reconstruction struggle, ERITREA & ERITREANS NEED NO FALSE PROPHETS & MESSIAHS PREACHING GLORY from American & European coffee-shops

      Let the MERCENARY SLAVE -EMPIRES harboring the ENEMIES OF ERITREA provide,,,, “Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Constitutional Democracy, WORSHIPING IN GOD,,,, to THE ENSLAVED IRISH CATHOLICS, EXTERMINATED AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES, AMERICAN SLAVES & EXTERMINATED NATIVE INDIANS,,, before preaching to Eritreans, fro ERITREANS NEED NO FALSE MESSIAHS.

  2. Who cares what this self serving, self appointed ‘activist’ has to say or what her thought process are. Aren’t you giving her validation she doesn’t deserve?

    • Danny,,, Yes, you are right, these self-rightoues and SELF-APPOINTED “activists” have their own personal agenda in mind.
      The best way to prove their credibility is, give them enough room and a lot of fuel to burn, before they start HIDING FROM THE PUBLIC VIEW, for all the self-righteous FALSE MASSAIAHS they become.Thanks to the 50 years of Eritrean national liberation struggle, many had come and gone OVERNIGHT, haunted and daugnted by the very self-serving FABRICATED STORIES the made to make name for themselves. ABRICATE
      STORIES”

  3. Mafia, it does matter what she said then and now, otherwise making up atories as she go along is, she os deservice to those victims more so when she is collecting money to free the hostages in one way or another she is aiding and abating the brutal traafficers, therefore we shall see who is the culprit, who was supporting the kidnapers and when the truth is out there, we will see all those who are shading corocodile tears the likes of Meron, shirum and kidane are the main cause and reason for all these dispicable acts.

    • Denden,
      You blame Meron for helping the families of those who suffered by kidnappers? Ask any family who have suffered and they will tell you how grateful they were for her help. You complain about paying ransom, you tell me what would have you done if your brother or sister was kidnapped?. Would you refuse to pay in order to stop trafficking?

      By the way what about the ransom paid in Eritrea?. How come the so called government can’t even stop ransom paying inside Asmara?. Is it because of it’s own military generals are involved or with all those spies inside the country they can’t even know what is happening the country?.

      Every Eritrean with relatives still in country knows very well how deep the country generals are involved in the trafficking business.So instead of sending letter to UN the mad dog should have first cleaned his own house.

      • Tefu

        Do you have any facts that the government involved in trafficking? Please YES or NO.

        Thank you

      • Tefu,
        Please don’t take the Eritrean people for “FOOLS”, who could be deceived with your half-baked drama and false Messiah’s crocodile tears.
        Thanks to the Eritrean 50 years national liberation and reconstruction struggle, Eritreans are far more EXPERIENCED in spotting “enemies of Eritrean INDEPENDENCE”.
        Good try, but we have seen your kinds and heard your fictions BEFORE.

  4. Who knows, may be Meron is associating with the human traffickers and she is blaming the Eritrean government cover up. We will see if she blames the Israeli government.

  5. Eritrean government has no role in organ trafficking. All the government is doing is keep the youth in “indefinite national service” – a service I’m sure many of the wonderful pro-government Eritreans and their children in the West would love to participate. Don’t blame the government – blame the conditions the government created which are forcing the youth to leave the country and fall victim to human trafficking.

    • Bostonian,
      Defiantly the government have nothing to do with it. There are reports that white CIA agents have been seen inside Eritrea and smuggling out people even from Asmara. They are paid 5000 dollar for the work.
      I mean we Eritrean leaving abroad doesn’t understand why the young leaving the country. The government pays them 500 Nakfa per month which covers all their cost for rent, food, electricity which never get interrupted etc. And it is so cheap to live in the country they can even do saving from the 500 Nakfta they receive. That is why the government didn’t see any reason to increase the salary of national service for the last 15 years.

    • Bostonian,
      Do you mean YOUR TAX DOLLARS financing, feeding and ARMING ETHIOPIA to wage 60 years war against Eritreans is far more JUSTIFIED than Eritreans liberating, defending, rebuilding and RESURRECTING A NATION, destroyed by your SLAVE MASTERS (sorry, freedom-loving American politicians)?
      Then again, Who said Eritreans are entitled to “life, liberty, democracy, pursuit of happiness)?

    • Welcome to the real world !!!

      Every year, millions of Mexicans, Central and South Americans ILLEGALLY MIGRATE TO USA IN DROVES, risking their freedom, personal and family lives for better opportunity in USA.
      And in all cases, “COYOTES- human traffickers” are paid thousands of dollars to transfer the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, from the very first to final destination.

      Keeping your POLITICALLY BLEEDING NOSE aside, WHAT MAKES THE ERITREAN CASE ANY DIFFERENT THAN “COYOTES” TRANSFERRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, just like all over continental America ???

      THE TRUTH HURTS,,,, DOESN’T IT ???????????

  6. When will this morons learn personal attack is an old game of HGDEF which most of us Eritreans are tired of. Until recently both the blind supporters and the mad dog himself was denying there were a refugee crises in Eritrea. Didn’t the dictator himself said they are on picnic and not refuges?. But as soon as the dictator start to recognize the issue and wrote the letter to UN the papagalos start to repeat his words.

    You and your master tell us the whole refugee crises in Ertrea is organized by CIA (according to his interviews). I mean what do you take us for, you tell this to foreigner who does’t know the detail but to us Eritreans we know who force the people out of their beloved country. It cost 5000 dollar to be smuggled out of Asmara to Sudan with a car of Eritrean Military which is not stopped by anyone all the way to Sudan. So do you tell me this is the work of CIA?. This is the work of corrupt military generals, with the approval of the mad dog himself. Because he clearly knows corrupt generals will always protect him to protect themselves. People leave the country because of the misguided policy of your master who expect everyone to be in the endless slavery project called national service.

    You try to tell us it is normal that young people in Africa leave their country to improve their live. But from which African country have we seen Information minster, the whole national football team (twice), the CEO of airlines, several pilots, Brgadel Generals, university teachers, wealthy people leave their country?

    Don’t try to blame Meron for your master failure. For most of us Eritrean she is a hero who care for the suffering of Eritreans. She is doing what HGDEF babon ambassadors should have done.

    This refugee crise will stop only real change happens in Eritrea and this mad dog called Issays is gone forever. Unfortunately change will come only with internal coup which we are looking forward to.

    • And….PIA is absolutely right. Eritre doesn’t have refugee, only economic migrants. look up the meaning of ‘refugee’ in its true sense and maybe then you will understand!

      • Definition of a refugee

        “A refugee is a person who is outside their country of origin or habitual residence because they have suffered (or fear) persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted ‘social group’ or because they are fleeing natural disaster”

        Do Eritreans fall under any of this catagory? The answer is a big fat NO!!!! So PIA is 100% right in his assertion. If people choose to migrate for their personal reason, that is their prerogative. But that doesn’t make them refugees!

    • Tefu – as far as we know there are Eritreans in Sudan camp who left their country long before independence, thy r yet in the camp, those who left while ago they dont have any Intention to stay as a refuge it only took them couple of weeks then u will see them in khartoum which is not camp after that its a matter of money they will join Europe IF I AM LYING CORRECT ME , we are investing our saving money on our family- according to the immigration and asylum law once u are claim asylum u stationed in that place, but we never stop going to ethio back to sudan uganda ,,,,,and finally some of us saying we escape political presecuation ,,,,WE ALL KNOW THE WIASH TO BE EUROPEAN OR AMERICAN NATIONAL THEN WE GO BACK HOME TO VISIT FAMILLY am I wrong ,,, what makes me sick is those who dont even have a clue what it takes to be a nation filling their pocket in the name of refugees

  7. Dear Writer,

    I love your articles and am proud of the fact that you have refused to remain silent. Meron may have started with good intenstions however it appears now her cause has been hijacked and I believe she is being used to what end I do not know.

    I doubt if she has the courage or the sincerity to GO after the true criminals. Why would she when she has the Eritrean govenrment to bad-mouth and tear its reputation to pieces.

    But I am glad to know that there are people like you to counter that effort by exposing the lies. However, we the readers, also expect you to do your home work and expose those Eritreans who are sellign their brother and sisters, without their cooperation our young would not be in harms way.

    Thank you.

  8. This woman needs to be taught a lesson. I heard a panel discussion with her and the daughter of Dawit Isaac, his brother and a swede and what the daughter was saying was very wise and true. Meaning: she wanted Sweden to focus on the humanitarian aspect of the thing and not the political but this idiot was saying the exact opposite that in the end Dawit´s daughter began to cry because she felt no one on the panel understood her predicament. No one showed any empathy. If I was present at that discussion, I´d have jumped on this, “gual tor serawit”, no matter the consequences. I was so mad, my blood was, literally, boiling.

    • The issue with Dawit Issak daughter is, she is too young to know the real nature of Issaya Afeworki. She thinks if Sweden is nice to Issays and the Swedish medias becomes like Eri-Tv and Hadas Eritrea and report only about road, school and hospital built then the dictator will let her father walk away.

      What she doesn’t know is the last 12 years none of those who have been arrested together with Dawit has been released. So if the dictator is holding her father because of Sweden and the Swedish media, then why don’t he let go the other prisoners who have been held without trial for the last 12 years?

      Meron was right when she said only tough stance against the dictator will free Dwait and most probably he is alive becauase of the attention from Sweden. That was what the brittish did, the tried the diplomatic way which was interpreted as weakness by Issays. As soon as they started to be tough on him (stopped 2%, limited the freedom of his babon ambassador) within one week time they took home their citizens. Even though they were caught with their weapons within Eritrean territory.

      I don’t understand why morons like you try to see the case of Dawit Issak as humanitarian when it is a clear political case. Instead of asking him to be put on trial (the sake of the discussion, none of us know if he is guilty or not) your try to find excuse for the dictorors behavior. And if you are one of those idiots who live in Sweden and scream on demonstration about the Swedish media and how unfair Sweden is to Eritreans living in Sweden, then my brother you are welcome to move back to your beloved dictator.

      • You know you´re an azzhole sammy, so no need to repeat that from my side. Now to the issues you raised:

        1. First of all, you can contact his daughter and teach her that lie if you so wish. But I´m sure she´s much smarter than you´re even though you´re trying to belittle her intelligence, here. What I wrote was the insensitivity shown her by Meron when the girl cried. Plus, the man is her father but some shinti minti like you wanna be more catholic than the pope. One doesn´t push on and on at her wound and make her cry even more. Capisci? I doubt it. One has to have a heart first.

        2. And they´ll never be released. We didn´t sacrifice in the 100´ s of thousands to then hand over the country to ugumat like you. Have we?

        3. If you´re an eritrean, what the british did (landing a commando unit in one of our islands without persmission) should´ve made you livid as well but naah, not to an aray beles.

        4. Stupid son of an aba-shawl hoe, I never claimed Dawit´s case is humanitarian. His daughter did. I know very well it´s political trachery and hence rotting in jail till the end of his days!

      • sammy – because Dawit issak is Eritrean citizen he allowed to do his press job in Eritrea, which is he can detained when he pass the limit of his job, dont compare him with Birtish citizens. and also what he ve done is dangerous to national security. we ve seen the problem at that time, while service personnels blooding to protect the sovereign Eritrean territory he was echo bouncing the G what ever surrender policy

      • Sammy,
        Dawit Issac being European citizen does NOT entitle Dawit Issac to commit any kind of crime in Eritrea and walk away with it. DOES IT?
        Like it or NOT, FIVE MILLION ERITREANS live in Eritrea, respecting the law of the land and NO ONE IS BEING PROSECUTED for abiding the law.
        Therefore, prosecuting DAWIT ISSAC does not make for dictatorship.
        TOO BAD, THE TRUTH HURTS.

    • Well Yohannes, i also saw the discussion. I don’t think Meron did anything to make Dawit’s daughter cry. What she said was her (Meron’s) focus was on much more than Dawit, she pointed that there are many more prisoners and not only Dawit, therefore she couldn’t take the point of focus that Dawit’s daughter did. Dawit’s daughter on the other hand was focusing purely on her dad (and i really do understand her, specially when she talked about who will visit his grave in the end….her) and how he can be released. She was saying don’t politicize my fathers case….I can understand that coming from a daughters perspective, but looking at it from a just and lawfull pooint of view I think she (dawit’s daughter) was egoistic!
      So, yohannes you must be confusing your hate of Meron (which I also think is weird) with what was going on in the studio.
      Besides, don’t you thik even a traitor deserves his day in the court?

      • Abrihiley,
        Preach “YOUR DAY IN COURT” to the Irish Catholics who are still being EXTERMINATED for the last 900 years bt the PROTESTANT ENGLISH SLAVE EMPIRE to the African America SLAVES still being LYNCHED for 300 years.

        GOOD LUCK !!!

      • TOO BAD,,, YOUR MOTHER NEVER SENT YOU TO SCHOOL, TO LEARN ABOUT THE VERY PLACE YOU CALLL HOME.
        Therefore,,, LET ME EDUCATE YOU.

        Visa policy in the European Union
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        A specimen Schengen visa. A Schengen visa, in general, permits the holder to travel throughout the 26 countries in the Schengen Area

        Twenty-two European Union member states are part of the Schengen Area and have a uniform visa policy. In addition, four countries outside the European Union – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – adopt the same uniform visa policy as they are also part of the Schengen Area.

        Three EU member states — Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania — are not yet part of the Schengen Area, but nonetheless have a visa policy that is based on the Schengen acquis.

        Two EU member states — Ireland and the United Kingdom — are not part of the Schengen Area, instead operating a travel zone known as the Common Travel Area. The two countries each operate separate visa policies which are different from that of the Schengen Area.

        Citizens of all EEA member states, (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland are not only visa-exempt, but are legally entitled to enter and reside in each other’s countries. Their right to the freedom of movement in each other’s countries can, however, be limited in a small number of situations.

        The below lists cover the visa requirements for regular passport holders only. Individual countries may allow some holders of official (service or diplomatic) passport holders visa-free access, whilst requiring visas from regular passport holders (or the reverse, albeit a much rarer scenario). The rules relating to visa requirements for official passport holders have not been unified (even within countries that have fully implemented the Schengen acquis).

        HAHAHAHAHAHA,,,, WHERE IS YOUR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT NOW??

  9. It is not about Meron’ honesty, it is about Israel facing world wide condemination of organ harvest. She retracted under the influence of Israe. Israel citizines are facing charges for organ harvesting in USA court. It is all to clear Israel criminals.And about immigration issue it is all over Est Africa, not unique for Eritrea and if you think we are special you are wrong. Finally those who love to hate Eritrean Gov. Listen, if it were not for strength of Shaebia and PIA our people would haven been washing Weyane generals feet on EThiopia TV and our sisters prostuting in Abashawel for Ethiopian Army and we would not have a country called Eritrea or some thing similar to Somalia. Any one with the right mind and Eritrean know the truth about our country, it is all economical migration i.e. all the time frustrating the westerns to see zero anti-Isayas or Shaebia asylum seekers.

  10. Bravo, as always a well thought out and masterfully written article, which I’m sure will focus a much needed light on this modern day human tragedy, and the culprits that are TRULY perpetuating it.

  11. Meron hanti sharmota be hashish etneber seb sekram eya slezi nata tebeqa qonkum mezrabkum zegerem eyu neskatkum ewn kedaeat sheyeti hager tkonu kemea ember Meron nezi tegbarat ezi megbara aygermen eyu ngenzeb zekone neger kitfixem tikeel seb eya.

    • eritrea, what is your problem with Meron exposing human trafficking? Are you a beneficiary by any chance from the human trafficking business? I’m quiet lost here. Don’t complicate the matter to confuse the innocent Eritreans who are willing to understand the mafia business in Asmara. The GoE will do anything and spend $millions to defend themselves. I know it is a hard pill to swallow to find a government you loved and adored so much to be a suspect in the business. I would feel the same if my son was to be a suspect in drug trafficking. As a father, I would be in denial and do all my best to bail him out. The Eritrean people so many times have bailed out the GoE already, and you want to continue to write blank checks???

  12. I don’t know whether the Eritrean government has hand or not on this crime. But, Meron is a real hero for the real Eritreans who are concerned by the suffering of the Eritrean victims. Keep the good job Meron. You and colleagues are the only voice of these victimized people. The people who talk shit are those who don’t contribute any thing in helping these victims. They condemned the burning of Eritrean community buildings in Sweden, but concerning the kidnapping of Eritreans in Sinai let alone protest in their residing country they didn’t say a single word about this tragic incidents of Eritreans.

  13. I guess the truth about people like Meron will come out with time. They seem innocent and caring at first, just to have the truth come out and look like the wolves in Sheep’s clothes that they really are. If these people really care about the well being of our great nation, why not fight for the real cause of the problem; the border demarcation. Isn’t the main cause of the instability in our region the ethiopian occupation of our sovereign territory? Incidentally, this week was the 11th anniversary since the demarcation of the border… Hmmm???

  14. Those who have VESTED POLITICAL AGENDA, to undermine the national RESURRECTION and RENAISSANCE of a nation determined to fly with it’s wings, have every reason to fabricate stories in the service of thier own self interest, at the expence og a whole nation.
    TOO BAD NO SHOPPERS HAS BEEN INTERESTED TO BUY THE STORY AND VALIDATE.

    NEXT FICTUON PLEASE !!!

  15. Meron is our hero. Keep exposing the despot in Asmera while his puppets cry. I hope the slap him with more sanction for the human trafficking. You want to take on Israel? Ask got boss (DIA) to it and see what happens to ur ass. Israel is no Sweden when you can get away with soft diplomacy. We love Meron Estifanos.

  16. How Terrible that people say in here that Eritrean migrants are just “Economic Migrants!” Imagine that you live in Canada, and you find yourself being a low earner and unable to secure a decent job. Now you decide to run away to the US for better opportunity, that makes you “Economic Migrant”.

    Now, I imagine instead that the case was that, Canada revokes your passport and deny you the right to travel, it denay you the right to employment but put you on hard labour on small allowance that is way below cost of living, it deny you unfettered access to your family, or even practice your faith. It would disappear you if you make the slightest criticizing against the cruelty with which you are treated. Now you decide to run to the US, that makes you a BIG TIME “political refugee”.

    People, you support a useless regime doesn’t excuse you to be such mindless and horrible to your fellow Eritreans. Please wake up.

    • Haile,

      You might have been able to convince your immigration case worker, with a fabricated cook&bull story, but not here pal.

      Don’t try to b******it the b******iter.

      • Daniel

        Why would I need to convince the immigration case worker that in Eritrea today:

        – If you are 18 or over you will be enlisted for indefinite national service, with no prospect of work, family, future. Instead you will be paid allowance that is between 500-600 nacfa and rent costs between 2500-5000 nacfa per month!

        – If you practice one of the protestant or Jehova’s religions you will be put in jail.

        – That if you are between 18 – 40, you can not lawfully leave the country

        – If you want to criticize the regime, you will be disappeared

        I don’t need to convince the immigration case worker any of the above because they already know. That is why in most countries, Eritrean asylum seekers are accepted in blanket, no questions asked. The UN called on member nations to extend asylum to Eritreans fleeing brutality at home.

        The question is how did you convince your immigration case worker that Eritrea was a happy place for you but you still managed to receive protection here in the west. It is possible that I am talking to a mentally ill person due to your nasty experience in Eritrea.

      • HAILE, Welcome to the real world.
        Illegal immigration is international crime any where in the world.

        Welcome to the real world,,,,, Too bad, you know too little & yet you spend a whole lot of time on the Internet bleeding your heart out on something you know very little about.

        Try studying IMMIGRATION LAWS before justifying your crimes.

    • Welcome to the real world !!!

      Every year, millions of Mexicans, Central and South Americans ILLEGALLY MIGRATE TO USA IN DROVES, risking their freedom, personal and family lives for better opportunity in USA.
      And in all cases, “COYOTES- human traffickers” are paid thousands of dollars to transfer the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, from the very first to final destination.

      Keeping your POLITICALLY BLEEDING NOSE aside, WHAT MAKES THE ERITREAN CASE ANY DIFFERENT THAN “COYOTES” TRANSFERRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, just like all over continental America ???

      THE TRUTH HURTS,,,, DOESN’T IT ???????????

  17. Ref to Haile,

    Well, I left prior to independence so it isn’t applicable to me, so you can shut your face!

    However, don’t try to bluff me or anyone else, we all know how the process work. We all been there and done that. Got it!

    • And why don’t you present your actual ‘case’ to me? I will find you more holes than a Swiss cheese.

      You man enough?

      • Daniel, instead of insulting Haile and his persona, maybe you can challenge him on the facts and points he made on the policy in Eritrea… Let’s see your defence on the issues first. Are you man enough for that?

  18. Every year, millions of Mexicans, Central and South Americans ILLEGALLY MIGRATE TO USA IN DROVES, risking their freedom, personal and family lives for better opportunity in USA.
    And in all cases, “COYOTES- human traffickers” are paid thousands of dollars to transfer the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, from the very first to final destination.

    Keeping your POLITICALLY BLEEDING NOSE aside, WHAT MAKES THE ERITREAN CASE ANY DIFFERENT THAN “COYOTES” TRANSFERING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, just likee continental America???

    • What? ERITREANSEA, you mean to tell us other nationalities migrate too! Oh Gosh…I didn’t know that. Ohh this poor people!!! But why???? they must be really persecuted and in fear of their life. Otherwise why would they choose to abandoned their impoverished countries for the land of milk and honey??

      Regards

      X (the superficial fresh of the boat fake refugee)

      • Just to clearify ERITREASEA. I am trying to poke fun at the likes of ‘you now who’. I am in total agreement with you.

      • Danny,
        I totally understand your point and I totally agree with you.
        ALL THESE SELF-SERVING “Immigrants”, had to be a WHOLE LOT RICHER THAN DESTITUTE REFUGEE TO AFFORD paying smugglers thousands of dollars to cross nations, sea and oceans to the LAND OF MILK AND HONEY.
        THEREFORE,,, What makes ERITREAN IMMIGRANTS any different than MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS paying thousands of Dollars to COYOTES/human traffickers?
        Interestingly, the US Foreign policy helps Eritrean Immigrants than Mexican immigrants.
        Then again, immigration policies are part and parcel of POLITICAL AGEENDA

    • Big difference between the cases is in the Eritrean case, they can’t risk to return home…going home means at least 2yrs in hash prison, then back to slavelabouring for indefinite time! That to me is a HUGE difference.

      • Abrihiley,,, Illegal immigration is international crime any where in the world.

        Welcome to the real world,,,,, Too bad, you know too little & yet you spend a whole lot of time on the Internet bleeding your heart out on something you know very little about.

        Try studying IMMIGRATION LAWS before justifying your crimes.

      • Eriytreansea, who made you believe that???? Suddenly you are using international laws to justify you lawless regime???

        You telling me that going back home after an unsuccess attempt to enter the USA is illegal in Mexico/Guatemala..etc? Are you in your right mind, or you been smoking?

      • WOW Abrihiley,
        Which cave have you been burried in all your life time?

        Forget about the INTERNATIONAL LAWS. The laws seem to be above your head and AGAINST YOUR SELF-SERVING POLITICAL AGENDA.

        But, DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THE IMMIGRATION LAWS, exit and entry rules of the country you call home,,, USA?
        I’M SORRY TO DEFLATE YOUR BUBBLE.
        But, even AMERICAN CITIZENS are required to carry PASSPORT, with valid EXIT AND RE-ENTRY VISA, to leave and return to the “FREE COUNTRY the Americans call home.
        Any illegal exit out USA punishable bythe law of the land, the FREE COUNTRY

      • Sorry mac, I don’t live in the USA, not all of us do…. In Norway where i live, we don’t need an exit visa. Your passport is your travel document, unless the Eritrean one is not all passports are. Using your passport, u can come in and out as much as you can without and entry/exit visa. So don’t try to misinform people here just to justify your foolish and naive support of the cruel regime in asmara. Be a man and stand by your support and defence it with facts not lame lies….

      • For some FALSE PROPHETS promisng false messaihs and FALSE PARADISE are taken for heroe.
        For the real people, PAYING LIVES, BLOOD AND BONES liberating, defending, rebuilding and RESURRECTING ga natiion frim rhe ashes of 50 years wanton endless wars, death, destructions, genocides and massacres is EVERYDAY SELFLESS STRUGLE AND DEVOTION TO NATIONAL LIBERTY !!!
        Therefore, FALSE PROPHETS KNOW NO REALITY!!!

      • Abrhiley,
        Read the FINE PRINTS of your Norwegian Passport,,, Every time you are leaving or coming back to Norway, YOUR EXIT and ENTRANCE VISA is authomatically recorded in to IMMIGRATION RECORDS of the Norwegian Immigration and Security Departments, controlling the legal or illegal ENTRANCE AND EXIT of ANYONE entering and leaving Norway.
        Too bad, your ignorance is you have no idea that your LEGAL STATUS AND MOVEMENTS are the responsibility of the nation to monitor.

        Little did you know, YOUR PASSPORT IS THE INSTRUMENT TO CONTROL YOUR MOVEMENT.
        Welcome to the real world.

      • My mistake erityreansea…. Just found out that I committed a huge crime when I left Norway last time, I didn’t ask for an exit visa!!!. Am not looking forward to returning coz I risk a 2 yrs prison and some tough labor work for the rest of my worklife…
        Maybe I need to ask for asylum in Eritrea, do you think they will accept me??

      • TOO BAD,,, YOUR MOTHER NEVER SENT TO SCHOOL, TO LEARN ABOUT THE VERY PLACE YOU CALLL HOME.

        Visa policy in the European Union
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        A specimen Schengen visa. A Schengen visa, in general, permits the holder to travel throughout the 26 countries in the Schengen Area

        Twenty-two European Union member states are part of the Schengen Area and have a uniform visa policy. In addition, four countries outside the European Union – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – adopt the same uniform visa policy as they are also part of the Schengen Area.

        Three EU member states — Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania — are not yet part of the Schengen Area, but nonetheless have a visa policy that is based on the Schengen acquis.

        Two EU member states — Ireland and the United Kingdom — are not part of the Schengen Area, instead operating a travel zone known as the Common Travel Area. The two countries each operate separate visa policies which are different from that of the Schengen Area.

        Citizens of all EEA member states, (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland are not only visa-exempt, but are legally entitled to enter and reside in each other’s countries. Their right to the freedom of movement in each other’s countries can, however, be limited in a small number of situations.

        The below lists cover the visa requirements for regular passport holders only. Individual countries may allow some holders of official (service or diplomatic) passport holders visa-free access, whilst requiring visas from regular passport holders (or the reverse, albeit a much rarer scenario). The rules relating to visa requirements for official passport holders have not been unified (even within countries that have fully implemented the Schengen acquis).

        HAHAHAHAHAHA,,,, WHERE IS YOUR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT NOW??

      • IS THIS YOUR NO VISA PASSPORT,,, Moving around EU, the size of Egypt & SUDAN hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaha??????????

        Schengen VISA & Schengen Area
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        Description: Free travel area
        Established : 1995
        Members: 26 members
        Policy of European Union
        Population : 419,392,429
        Area: 4,312,099 km2

        The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries which have abolished passport and immigration controls at their common borders. It functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. The Area is named after the town of Schengen in Luxembourg where the Schengen Agreement, which led to the Area’s creation, was signed. Joining Schengen entails eliminating internal border controls with the other Schengen members, while simultaneously strengthening external border controls with non-Schengen states.

        Twenty-two EU member states and four EFTA member states participate in the Schengen Area. Of the five EU members which do not form part of the Schengen Area three – Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania – are legally obliged to join the area, while the other two – Ireland and the United Kingdom – maintain opt-outs. Four non-EU members – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland – participate in the Schengen Area while three European microstates – Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican – can be considered as de facto part of the Schengen Area as they do not have border controls with the Schengen countries which surround them. The area currently covers a population of over 400 million people and an area of 4,312,099 square kilometres (1,664,911 sq mi).[1]

        The Schengen Area was established outside of the then European Community when consensus could not be reached among all of its member states on the abolition of border controls. However as more EU member states signed up to join the Schengen Area, agreement was reached on absorbing it into the European Union, which was done by the Amsterdam Treaty in 1999.

      • Erityreansea, have you heard of a proverb from kebbesa: kab mihros yeamuro

        What you call illegal immigration is what thousands of Eritrean youth call escape from slavery, persucution and way out of hell. If you want to sit in your comfy sofa eating and entertaining yourself with this law and that law while your brothers are being hunted down everyday and night, be my guest. BUT never justify the crime committed against our people by this regime based on laws they don’t have.

        Again, stop smoking that shit….

      • What ever happened to your NO-VISA-PASSPORT-BLUBBER ?????????
        DID I CORNER YOUR ASS,,,,hahahahahahhahah ???????????????????

        Then again,,, WHEN YOU CAN NOT CONVINCE ANYONE WITH YOUR FABRICATED LIES, NOW YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE UP ANOTHER ONE.

        Try preaching your Gospel to these poor Ethiopians leaving LEAVING TPLF ETHNIC GENOCIDE BEHIND & see if you can find any buyer.

        Over 85,000 Ethiopian refugees escaped to Yemen in 2012

        By Silk Da Shocker

        16 Jan 2013

        “The mass exodus of Ethiopian refugees goes largely unreported. In 2012 alone, over 340,000 Ethiopians left their country as refugees, making Ethiopia the number one exporting refugee country in Africa.
        Yet the media continues to neglect this great migration because the savage tyrant in Ethiopia is a puppet of the United States.

        http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?N … Pb2uR25OJk

        ETHIOPIANREVEIW .com

        Ethiopia: Record Number of ETHIOPIANS Crossed Gulf of Aden in 2012

        UN Agency Reports 15 Jan. 2013

        “Eight of every ten arrivals last year were Ethiopian nationals (over 84,000 arrivals), while Somali refugees constituted the rest”. “However, for the vast majority of Ethiopian migrants protection space is nearly non-existent and they are often extremely vulnerable.” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

        allafrica. com

  19. For some FABRICATING DRAMA after drama, makes them great writres, earning a place in facinated society.
    For others, FABRICATING DRAMA makes them FALSE MESSIAHS, preaching to the wrong sermon.
    Too bad, those who TRADE FICTION FOR FACTS end up bankrupt, failing to capitalize the market value of FABRICATED DRAMAS.
    Get real,,, LIFE IS BIGGER THAN YOUR POLITICAL AGENDA.

    • Over 85,000 Ethiopian refugees escaped to Yemen in 2012

      By Silk Da Shocker

      16 Jan 2013

      “The mass exodus of Ethiopian refugees goes largely unreported. In 2012 alone, over 340,000 Ethiopians left their country as refugees, making Ethiopia the number one exporting refugee country in Africa.
      Yet the media continues to neglect this great migration because the savage tyrant in Ethiopia is a puppet of the United States.

      http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?N … Pb2uR25OJk

      ETHIOPIANREVEIW .com

      Ethiopia: Record Number of ETHIOPIANS Crossed Gulf of Aden in 2012

      UN Agency Reports 15 Jan. 2013

      “Eight of every ten arrivals last year were Ethiopian nationals (over 84,000 arrivals), while Somali refugees constituted the rest”. “However, for the vast majority of Ethiopian migrants protection space is nearly non-existent and they are often extremely vulnerable.” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

      allafrica. com

  20. Mrs.Expert RIRI,
    You said,
    1. The Ethiopian war against Eritreans was over 60 years.
    2. Ethiopia is STILL MILITARLY OCCUPYING ERITREAN TERRITORY, even though the International Court and INTERNATIONAL LAW, recognized BADME to be Eritrean territory.

    Now, how is the war was over 60 years ago and YET, Ethiopia is STILL MILITARLY OCCUPYING ERITEAN TERRITORIES?

    How is it NOT your OBLIGATION to defend your country, if you BELIEVE your country is ENVADED AND OCCUPIED BY ETHIOPIA?
    Then again, you NEVER cared for the very country you call home. DID YOU?

  21. u blacks also will looks for others to blame. Didnt you guys put up the pyramids? What happened since then. Nelson mandela said being a prisoner is a state of mind. So whats your blacks excuse? You people cant run anything correctly. Thats the facts. Look at the whole of africa, from top to bottom, including zimbabwe and now sadly south africa, being run into the ground by blacks. For your info i am not white. They have built things, blacks have never. I am ashamed to be part of humanity when you have the bottom trying to be equal to the top. I know my place, so i have never demanded equality. And would prefer to live under the white mans rule. I would never want to be ruled in another lifetime by blacks. Corrupt hiedous creatures. None the better than the jew.

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