Date: Sun Aug 21 2011 - 15:24:07 EDT
Eritrea a Nation That Does Not Deserve UN Sanction.
By: Berhane Woldu
On August 10 th 2011, Susan Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations stated that Eritrea
is a destabilizing force in the region. Furthermore, that there is a famine in Eritrea and that the government of Eritrea
has denied the UN agencies and NGO’s from delivering food aid (dead aid) and
the people are left to starve. Yet she is working on additional economic
sanction on Eritrea.
The statement that there is famine in Eritrea
is far from the truth, in Eritrea
there is abundance of food. The truth of the matter is that there is famine in Ethiopia 4.2 million of its population is
starving a country that is allied and nurtured by the USA. Why not help Ethiopia eradicate hunger.
Mrs. Rice has failed to listen to
Eritrean diplomats who repeatedly stated that Eritrea does not hold any ill will
to any of the African Nations and has never worked to destabilize its
neighbors. Maybe Mrs. Rice needs to hear a new voice. The song “Your Embrace”
(Kedeinkna) By Wedi Tekabo with his modern jazzy voice is my selection. The
lyrics are so true and articulate in describing the misery that the people of
the African Continent face due to the failure of their leadership and
neo-colonialist force. “Your Embrace” in my humble opinion should have been one
of the top ten songs of the year 2011. It did not, sad as it is living the
judgment to the professional’s let me return to the lyrics and the story the
The lyric says “ululate mothers
of Eritrea; ululate ladies
mothers of virtue ululate as brighter days have come. Where others have failed,
you have become victories.
Those East, West, North and South
of Eritrea are rich. They have gold and diamond. Their leaders have chosen to
become wolves they have divided the people using religion and ethnicity.
Instead of sharing the wealth with their own people, they have chosen to
collaborate in the grand larceny with foreigners”.
In Africa Grand
Larceny, using the apparatus supremacy leadership has developed into Africa’s most stylish and money-spinning industry. The
story of Black Diamond and The Prime minister of the Minority Government of
Ethiopia who has been in power for only 20 years and amassed billions of
dollars in foreign banks are some of the prime example. It involves group of
actors businesses set as legitimate based inside the country and their agents
scattered in places like USA
and Europe (where it is believed that the
Prime Minster of Ethiopia Melese Zenawe has been buying property). These
facilitators come with different profession some are lawyers, accountants’
investors and bankers. There are others born with a silver spoon in their mouth
“fixers” with political and business connections in the passageway of power in
the western countries. These are people that collaborate with the Dictators in
Africa help them making fortunes disappear from Africa only to reappear in America and Europe
(remember Mobutu of Congo). A foreign partner speed flawlessly and undetectably
through an impenetrable net work of accounts in several countries then reaches
its destination as a high-value possession at choice locations around the
world. The African regimes are ruling through fear and violence. They with the
help of their Western backers have developed sophisticated and horrific
instruments to cow their population and rob the National treasure chest. The First ladies of these countries have also
become the most successful businesspersons of the Country. Case in point; Azeb
Mesfin of Ethiopia in the
last 20 years has become the richest woman in Ethiopia. The way of doing business
is simple and with no risk of failure. The first ladies simply seize shares as
high as 50% of successful companies then just sit back and milk the “cash cow”.
Governmental power is the ultimate as it is a license to print money. The
process of Grand Larceny necessitates a huge number of powerful people and big
businesses in the Western democracies; it is hardly surprising that the whole
issue is shrouded in secrecy. The elite and powerful in Africa
immersed in the obscenely pretentious and ultimately disgraceful luxury of the
palaces and fortress they had built for themselves around the world, they had
lost all touch with or sympathy for the people they had been duty-bound to
care, for they have become wolves.
goes on “Mother you who
shade no ill will; you promote unity the nine nationalities live in harmony.
While our neighbors kill each other and become the laughing stock of the west.
You Mother that prays in church and mosque Scared, as you are nothing evil
converges. During the war of liberation with all the challenges, hardship and
the ground on fire, you marched forward with genuineness like a caterpillar.
Your enemies bragging as if they
had destroyed you; as if you were an easy foe. With all that deep pain you
shouldered you have bear freedom and offered us peace. You have emerged from
eternity to be free like a butterfly bringing the flag with olive tree. The
days have become bright with sunshine realizing our potential to live rewarding
Not long ago
there were symposiums given by different ministries and regional administrators
in different region of Eritrea.
The ministers and governors gave in-depth analysis of the achievements of the
last 20 years and the five-year development plan.
symposiums avowed food security has been the priority in the national drive for
development. Hence, Agro-Macro policy was devised, Irrigation based agriculture
was introduced to increase output and create surplus in cereal corps,
vegetables, fruits, and livestock. Dams, micro-dams and water diversion schemes
were constructed. Since 1991 in Gash Barka region alone 67,754 hectares of land
has been cultivated 35,500 hectares by irrigation, 20,980-splash irrigation
2,257 hectares uses spray irrigation and 1,100 hectares use drip irrigation.
Agro-industries have also been put in place case in point; Aligider cotton farm,
Elabered agro-industry, Mersanni, Afhimbole, Gerset, the Fancos and Ad Omer
agro-industry. In the Northern red sea region
with the focus on agriculture, over 90,000 hectares have been utilized and a
number of agricultural infrastructure programs have been implemented which
increase domestic consumption. The Red Sea
coastline is rich in fish, lobster, shrimp, crab and anchovies. Annually 80,000
tones of fish and 50,000 tones of Anchovies and Sardines can be harvested for
export. In-addition there is abundant of fresh water fish for domestic
consumption. Poultry farm, honey farms and animal husbandry are new industry.
The animal husbandry at Alebu is one set to export meat and hide. The North,
Central and the Anseba regions all have large farms. One can drive from Asmara to Adi-Begiou near the border with Ethiopia on the
Northern side crossing the Menguda National reserve coming down hill to reach
Shiketi. The farmland starts from Shiketi until your reach Adi-Begiou.
In-addition, the Hazemo, Halai, Kohaito plains and Saho settlements are all
farmlands. The land is reach and looks as if one is crossing the wheat fields
of the Mid-West in America.
There are 50,000 hectares of land available for farming in the Northern region
alone, 138 dams, and 256 ponds that hold 50 million meter Quebec water. In the last 15 years, the
Eritrean Agriculture has emerged from subsistence farming to a modern
It is human to be concerned and assist the less fortunate
the 4.2 million starving Ethiopians the 200,000 homeless that sleep on the
street of Addis Ababa and the many more East African countries need help. Eritrea
on the other hand as avowed in the aforementioned paragraphs has leaped forward
into agro-industry, has become a nation of self-reliance, and does not need
Mrs. Ambassador; The Eritrean people want nothing more than
to make their own choices, live according to their own values and to do so
without relying on others. Self-reliance treasured in Eritrean traditional
custom and highly cherished has been the national asset and not food handouts
NGOs or UN. For once, think as a mother and not as a diplomat. A nation and
people that is working hard as ever to capitalize on its water resources
toiling its land to ensure food security does not deserve to be sanctioned.
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