Lampedusa Rememberance Day 2014

Lampedusa one year later, … a continuing tragedy

The voyager picked most important items for his trip:

Himself- in search of freedom and peace

Desert shoes- to walk on desert sand

Water bottle and cup- to quench his thirst

A compass- to navigate his direction

A back bag to store his dry food and treasures

A seal of the flag in his bag back- a symbol of the nation that is close to his heart wherever he goes.


Lampedusa Rememberance 2014



(HRW) Egypt/Sudan: A Call to End Torture of Refugees

Egypt/Sudan: A Call to End Torture of Refugees At UN, 24 Countries Seek Investigation MARCH 17, 2014 (Geneva) – Members of the UN Human Rights Council called on Egypt and Sudan on March 14, 2014, to investigate and prosecute traffickers for kidnapping, torturing, and killing refugees in the Sinai Peninsula. The 24 countries sponsoring the German-led statement also called on both countries to identify and prosecute any security officials who may have colluded with traffickers. To Read the press release in Tigrinya:


migrants and refugee day 2014




Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our societies are experiencing, in an unprecedented way, processes of mutual interdependence and interaction on the global level. While not lacking problematic or negative elements, these processes are aimed at improving the living conditions of the human family, not only economically, but politically and culturally as well. Each individual is a part of humanity and, with the entire family of peoples, shares the hope of a better future. This consideration inspired the theme I have chosen for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this year: Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World.

In our changing world, the growing phenomenon of human mobility emerges, to use the words of Pope Benedict XVI, as a “sign of the times” (cf. Message for the 2006 World Day of Migrants and Refugees). While it is true that migrations often reveal failures and shortcomings on the part of States and the international community, they also point to the aspiration of humanity to enjoy a unity marked by respect for differences, by attitudes of acceptance and hospitality which enable an equitable sharing of the world’s goods, and by the protection and the advancement of the dignity and centrality of each human being.

From the Christian standpoint, the reality of migration, like other human realities, points to the tension between the beauty of creation, marked by Grace and the Redemption, and the mystery of sin. Solidarity, acceptance, and signs of fraternity and understanding exist side by side with rejection, discrimination, trafficking and exploitation, suffering and death. Particularly disturbing are those situations where migration is not only involuntary, but actually set in motion by various forms of human trafficking and enslavement. Nowadays, “slave labour” is common coin! Yet despite the problems, risks and difficulties to be faced, great numbers of migrants and refugees continue to be inspired by confidence and hope; in their hearts they long for a better future, not only for themselves but for their families and those closest to them.



UNHCR chief meets Pope Francis to discuss refugee issues

Source: UNHCR – Fri, 6 Dec 2013  Author: UNHCR

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

ROME, Italy, December 6 (UNHCR) – Pope Francis discussed the plight of millions of forcibly displaced people around the world with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday during a private audience in Vatican City.

Guterres expressed his deep appreciation for the Pope’s work in bringing public attention to refugees and internally displaced people, as well as putting a spotlight on the dangerous land and sea journeys that some asylum-seekers and migrants take.

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QWSQWAM 2013 –


“Rachel is weeping unconsolably the death of her childre . . . ” cf. Jer 21: 31

Stephen Foster

TORONTO, ON, NOV 24, 2013 -This is the time of the year where all Eritrean refugees all over the world are calling for their voices to be heard, their faces to be recognized, their human right is to be addressed and most of their questions answered.
We at the Plight of Eritrean Refugees Committee are here to try and answer some of these callings by commemorating the month of November to be Eritrean refugees’ month and in particular November 15 to be Eritrean refugees’ day. We recognize all Eritrean refugees by organizing a day event such as today in an attempt to draw attention to thousands of displaced Eritrean refugees facing critical condition all over the world.
For the last five years, The P.E.R Committee has experienced the challenges of meeting the numerous demands of the Eritrean refugees. We tried to address some of the essential needs in the past, we had held a full day
SALINAConference within the community by inviting key speakers from Immigration Canada, settlement agencies, immigration lawyers and the archdiocese to exchange information and get some answer to the needs of all Eritrean refugees. We have also held a fundraising event to try to help Eritrean refugees get sponsorship, we participated in several conferences and meetings related to immigration and refugees matters, we have communicated with different organizations, written letters and signed petitions. P.E.R. Committee has also become a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) which is a national umbrella organization. We continue to participate in CCR conferences, working group meetings to advocate the Eritrean Refugees needs in a national setting. 
In the last 12 months P.E.R. has participated or acted in:
•     The second national conference of Catholic refugees’ offices in Canada.
•    We continued to work together with ORAT, CCR and other sponsorship agreement holders’ agencies.
mARY jO lEDDY•    We have participated in the spring consultation of CCR in Vancouver, British Colombia
•    We have meet with Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials in Ottawa who are in a position of decision-making in refugees’ matters including Mrs. Debra Presse (Director of refugees’ resettlement Refugees affair branch) as well as Mr. Wally Boxhill (Director of strategic management and coordination Management program branch) where we addressed and discussed Eritrean Refugees matters.
•    We have finalized a sponsorship agreement for Dawit Yohannes and his family to settle in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
•    We have participated in coordinating the Blended VOR Sponsorship Initiative Program with CIC to sponsor 75 Eritrean refugees from Sudan to settle in Canada. The majority of those refugees were sponsored by Eritrean Canadian Islamic Association. Other groups also contributed to this program including our own Chaplain with one sponsorship and our committee member Bahlibi Tekle sponsored one refugee, that individual is here in Canada today who is the first to arrive under this program.
•    We have brought our grief and written letters on recent tragedy in Lampedusa and other Eritrean refugees’ matters to the attention of Cardinal Collins in the Catholic Church, to Member of Parliament in our riding, to the chair of CIC and to Foreign Affairs Parliamentary committee.
•    We have organized a memorial services and candle light vigil for the victims of Lampedusa both in Geez Rite and English.
•     And at last we have organized this annual P.E.R. Event.

The P.E.R Committee will continue its work in partnership with other similar group and agencies to advocate the needs and human right of all Eritrean refugees that are displaced throughout the world.

We will be participating in the fall consultation of CCR in Kitchener, Ontario from November 27 to 30 where we will make the P.E.R. case to the organization in person.

The P.E.R. committee needs to be more visible in all area to be heard and present the situation of Eritrean refugees to people and departments that are in positions of decision making.


qwsqwam 2013

ቍስቋም 2013

ኣብ ወንጌል ማቴዎስ (2፥ 13 – 18) ከም እንረኽቦ፣  ንጉሥ ሄሮድስ ናይ ጐ. ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ምውላድ ኣሰንቢድዎ ኣብ ቤተልሔምን ከባቢኣን ንዝነበሩ ሕጻናት ክቕተሉ ምስ ኣዘዘ፣ እግዚእትነ ማርያምን ቅዱስ ዮሴፍን ንሕጻን ኢየሱስ ሒዞሞ ብመልኣኽ ከምዝተሓበሮም ናብ ምድሪ ግብጺ ተሰደዱ። ብሂል ቤተክርስትያን ከምዝዝክሮ ድማ ቍስቋም ኣብ ዚበሃል መዕረፊ ኣዕረፉ። ክርስትና ኣብ ግብጺ ምስ ኣተወ ቀዳሞት ክርስትያን ኣብዚ ቦታ ቤተክርስትያንን ገዳምን ሃኒጾም ብዕለት 6 ኅዳር ምጽንባሉ ይዝክሩ።

በዚ መሰረት ድማ ሰንበት November 24, 2013 ኣብ ቤተክርስትያና ኪዳነ ምሕረት ቶሮንቶ “መዓልቲ ስደተኛታት ኤርትራ” ተዘኪሩ ውዒሉ።  ኣብቲ  ብመሥዋዕቲ ቅዳሴ ዝጀመረ መዓልቲ ጸሎትን ኣስተንትኖን፥ ብርክት ዝበለ ሕዝቢ ተኻፊሉ። ናይቲ ዕለት መራሒ ጠቕሲ “ራሄል ብደቃ በኸየት፥ ስለዘየለዉ ድማ ምእባድ ኣበየት” (ማቴ 2፥18፤ ኤ 31፥ 15) ኰይኑ ወዓለ፥ ብእቶ ተስፋልደት ኣድኃኖም ዚቐረበ ፖስተር ድማ ስእላዊ መልእኽቱ ተመሓላሊፉ።

ድሕሪ ቅድሴ ኣብ ዝተገብረ ሰሚናር፣ ዝተፈላለየ ወረቓቕቲ ቀሪቡ።  ኃውና ስምዖን ገብረሥላሴ “ኮሚቴ ጥርዓን ስደተይናታት ኤርትራ” ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ዓመት ዝገበሮ ፍጻሜታትን፦ ዝተኻፈሎ ኣኼባታትን፦ ምሰካፈለ፥ መንግስቲ ካናዳ ኣብ ዓመት ክንደይ ስደተኛታት ከምትቕበልን እንታይ መምዘኒንታት ከምዜድልዩን፥ ብፍላይ ድማ ኣብ ውሽጢ ካናዳ ኰይኖም ዑቕባ ንዚሓቱ ሰባት ኬጋጥሞም ዚኽእል በድሆታት ብመንጽር ኣብ ቀረባ ጊዜ ዝተኣታተወ ለውጥታትን ብናይ ኢሚግሬሽን ክኢላ ሚስተር  ስቲቭ ፎስተር ዝርዝር መብርሂ ተዋሂቡ።

ብዘይካ’ዚ ድማ ብመንእሰይ ሳሊና ሓደ ልብኻ ዝትንክፍ ናይ ሓደ ኤርትራዊ ስደተኛ ኣብ መሳገርቲ ዘሕለፎ ሕይወትን ስቅያትን ዝሕብር ጽሑፍ ትነቢቡ።  ኣስዒቡ መንእሰይ ዳዊት ድማ ብዛዕባ ናይ ብሕቲ ታሪኹን ኤርትራውያን ስደተኛታት ዘሕልፍዎ ዘለዉ ሽግርን ናብራን ኣብሪሁ።

ካብዚ ቀጺሉ ድማ ብዶ/ር ሜሪ ጆ ለዲ፥ መስራቲትን ኣካያዲትን መዕቆብ ሰደተኛታት ሮመሮ ሃውስ ተመኵሮኣ ምስ ስደተይናታት ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን ሶማልን ገሊጻ። ኣብ ገዛውቲ እዘን ንሳ ዘመሓዳደረተን ካነዳውያን ዝኾና ስደተይናታት ክትኣቱ እንከላ፥ እሞ ንሳተን ሻህን ቍርስን ብገርህነትን ለጋስነትን ኬካፍላኣ እንከለዋ ትዕዛቦ ዝነበረት ሰላም ቅሳነትን እናመልከተት ሰብ መሰረታዊ ድልየታቱ ምስ ኣዕገበ ከመይ ዝመሰለ ሰላምን ከምዝረክብ ተረደአት። ሓንቲ ካብኣተን ውላዳ ብሓደጋ ምስ ሞታ፥ ክትበክን ዓቕላ ክተጽብብ ምስ ተመልከተት፥ ነፍስወከፍ ጓለንስተይቲ እዛ ወንጌልን ነቢይ ኤርምያስን ዝዛረቡላ “ራሄል” ኢያ፥ ኢላ ናይ ር.ሊ. ጳጳሳት ኣብ ላምፐዱዛ ዜስምዕዎ ቃላት እናጠቐሰት፥ ኣብ ሠልጢኑ ዚበሃል ክፋል ዓለም ድንጋጼን ንብዓትን ሎሚ ይተርፍ ከምዘሎ እናመከተት፥ በዞም ኣብ ባሕርን ኣብ ካልእ ዜስካሕክሕ ሓደጋ ወዲቖም ዚጠፍኡኹም ዘለዉ ደቅኹም ክትበኽዩ እንከሎኹም፥ ሓደራ ተዓጺኹም ንበይንኹም ኣይትብከዩ። ሰብ ካናዳ ደንጋጺ ኢዩ፥ ከባኽዩኹም ኢዮም፥ ንጸገምኩም ድማ መፍትሒ ኬናድዩሉ ይኽእሉ ኢዮም።” ኢላ መጸናንዒ ቃላት ኣስመዐት። ከምኡ’ውን ሚስተር ሲዛር ፓላስዮ ኣማኻሪ  ኣመሓድራ ከተማ ቶሮንቶ (ናይ ከባቢ ቤተክርስትያንና ዋርድ 17) ልቢ ዚትንክፍ ምስክርነት ገዛእ ሕይወቱ ኣስመዓና። ኣቦኡ ንካናዳ መጺኡ ከቢድ ሕማም ምስ ሓመመ ኪኣልዮ ኢሉ ካብ ዓዱ ኤኳዶር ወዲ 16 ዓመት እንከሎ መጸ። ካብኡ ኣላይ ኣኅዋቱ ኰይኑ ኵሉ ዓይነት ሥራሕ ጉልበት ኪሠርሕ ጀሚቱ እሞ፤ ሰራሕተይና ብሓፈሻ፥ ብፍላይ ድማ ካብ ወጻኢ ዝመጽእ ሰራሕተኛ ዜጋጥሞ ጸገማት ምስ ተመልከተ ከም ተርጓማይን ከም ተከላኻላይን ኰይኑ ኣብዚ ናይ ሎሚ ዘለዎ ቦታ ከምዚበጽሐ መስከአልና። ካናዳ፥ ብፍላይ ድማ  “the capital city of minorities” ኢሉ ዚጽዋዓ ቶሮንቶ ብዙሕ ዕድል ንጻዕራም ሰራሕተይና ምዃና ኣመልኪቱ፥ ዜተባብዕ ቃላት ተዛሪቡ።

ኣብ መወዳእታ ድማ ነዚ ናይ ኤርትራውያን ስደተኛታት መደባት ናይ ገንዘብ ሓገዝ ካብ ዶክተር ኣብዱላሂ በሪህ ናይ $2,500.00ን ካብ ሚ/ር ደቪድ ካራንዛ $2,000.00ን ዝተወፈየ ቼክ ንኣባ ቪቶርዮ ቦርያ ተዋሂቡ።  ንዅሎም እቶም ብምኽሪ፥ ብገንዘብ፥ ብትምህርቲ፥ ብጕልበት፥ ብንብረት፥ ወይ ብዝተፈላለየ ካልእ መንገዲ ነዚ መደብ ከምዚዕወት ዚገበሩ፥ ኣባላት ኮሚቴ “ጥርዓን ሥደተይናታት ኤርትራ” ልባዊ ምስጋና የቕርቡ።




3 November Day of Remembrance

3 ኅዳር 2013 “መዓልቲ ሓዘን” ብደረጃ ኣፍሪቃ ኪውዕል
ቤት ጽሕፈት ኣፍሪቅዊ ሓድነት ወሲኑ

366 ዝኾኑ “ደቂ ኣፍሪቃ”፥ 98% ኤርትራውያን ምዃኖም ዝተረጋገጸ ኢዩ፥ ብ3 ጥቅምቲ 2013 ኣብ ማእከላይ ባሕሪ ከምዝሞቱ ምሉእ ዓለም ምስ ሓዘነን ምስ በኸየን፥ ኣበይ ዚጸንሑ ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ዝመደበሮም ሰበ ሥልጣን ሓድነት ኣፍሪቃ፥ ድሕሪ ኵሎም፥ ካብ ከቢድ ድቃስ ከም ዝተበራበሩ፥ ሓደ መግለጺ ኣውጺኦም። እዚ ናይ 366 መንእሰያትን ሕጻናትን ሕይወት ህልቀት፥ ካብ ዝተመዝገበ ታሪኽ ኣፍሪቃ እቲ ዝገደደ ጉድኣት ምዃኑ ተኣሚኖምሉ። ኣፍሪቃ ኪሃንጹዋ ዚግብኦም መንእሰያት ከምዚ ገይራ እንተጥፊኣቶም፥ ከመይ ገይራ ኢያ ማዕረ ካልኦት ሃገራት ዓለም ክትምዕብል ትኽእል? ዚብል ሕቶ ኣቕሪቦም። ስለዚስ ንመንእሰያታ ንክትሓቍፍን ምሉእ ናይ ዜግነት ሓላፍነት ክተልብሶም እንተዀይና፥ መንእሰያት ዚሓትዎ መሰረታዊ ነጥብታት፥ መራሕቲ ዓዲ ኪፈልጡሎም፥ ዓቕሞም ዘፍቀዶን በብቕሩብን ሓድሓደ ለውጥታት ኬርእዩዎም ከምዚግብኦም ኪእመኑሎም ኣለዎም። በዚ ዘሎናዮ ጊዜ፥ ለይቲ ኣብ ጸልማት ኪሓድር እንተዀይኑ፥ ቀለብ ብመቝነን ኪዕደል እንተዀይኑ፥ ሓዳር ኪገብርን ደቁን ሰበይቱን ኬዕንግል ዘይፍቀደሉ ኣንተዀይኑ፥ ዓመት ድሕሪ ዓመት ኣብ በረኻ ኪውዕልን ኪሓድርን ኣንተዀይኑ፥ ጸገሙ ዚጭርሸሉ ኵነታት ዚረአዮ ዕድል ኣንተዘየሎ፥ ሕማቕን ሕሙምን እንተዘይኰይኑ፥ መን ኢዩ ዓዱ ኪርጥርጥ ዘይሓስብ?  ብዝኾነ፥ ዕለት 3 ኅዳር 2013 ንዝኽሪ እዞም ግዳያት ላምፐዱዛ ዕሸል “ደቂ ኣፍሪቃ”፥ “መዓልቲ ሓዘን” ኣብ ምሉ ኣፍሪቃ ኪውዕል ጻዊዒት ገይሮም።

እንተኾነ፥ ሎሚ ዲዩ ኣፍሪቃዊ መንእሰይ ካብ ዓዱ ሃዲሙ፥ ኣብ ማእከላይ ባሕሪ ይኹን፥ ኣብ ባሕሪ ኣደን፥ ኣብ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ፥ ኣብ ኣትላንቲክ ኦሺያን ዚጥሕሉ ዘሎ? ካብ ዕስራ ዓመት ንላዕሊዶ የብሉን ምድረበዳ ሳሃራ መቓብር ኣሻሓት መንእሰያት ካብ ዚኸውን? ኣብ ቤተ ጽሕፈቶምሲ “ኣፍሪቃውያን” ኣብ ሲናይ ግዳይ ተዋገይቲ ይኾኑ ከምዘለዉ ወረ ኣይተሰምዐን ዲዩ? ነቶም ኣብ እስራኤል ዑቕባ ኪሓቱ ኣትዮም፥ ሶሊኾም ዝኣተዉ ጸላእቲ፥ “መንሽሮ” “ካብ ዚዋግኡና ዓሌታት ዝገደዱ ጠንቂ” ተባሂሎም ተኣሲሮም ዘለዉ ኣሻሓት መንእሰያት  ይጣበቑሎምዶ ኣለዉ ኢዮም? ጉዳይ ድቃስ ስኢኑን ድቃስ ዚኸልእን ዘሎ “ኣፍሪቃዊ” መንእሰይ ኣብ ኅቡራት መንግኅታት ኣብጺሖምዎ ዲዮም? ኣብ ኣኼባታቶም ተማጒቶሙሉ ይፈልጡዶ? ኣፍሪቃዊ መፍትሒ ኣናድዮምሉዶ? ብዛዕባ ዶብ ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን ኣልዒሎም ንዚኵነን ኰኒኖም፥ ብሕጋዊ መንግዲ ኪፍታሕ ዝገበሩዎ ተግባራዊ ስጉምትታ እንታይ ኣሎ? ከምኡ ብዛዕባ ካልእ ኣብ ኣፍሪቃ ዝተረኽቡን ዘለዉን ግድላት እንታይ ገይሮም ይፈልጡ?





By Noam Wiener

The Tel Aviv District Court, roughly comparable to a circuit court in the American federal system, sentenced on Wednesday an Eritrean refugee convicted of aggravated robbery to four and a half years imprisonment. Explaining the harsh sentence, he cited the need to deter “foreign citizens” from committing crimes.

Without detracting from the brutality of the individuals who attacked refugee shops and cars last week, this is a far more insidious form of racism. And if anybody was so deluded into thinking that only the less fortunate lower classes are so racist, Judge Zvi Gurfinkel has proven that the virus of racism against African refugees is firmly ingrained in the system.