Henok Alemayehu, founder and editor of Ethiopian newspaper “Zehabesha “, today wrote on his blog what Eritreans have been telling time and again about the rise of ‘Ethiopian migrants’ disguised as Eritrean.
Alemayehu, in his eyewitness account from inside Libyan prison cells while he was one of the thousands of ‘African Migrants‘ who dares to cross the Sinai and Mediterranean just to reach Europe, said he totally don’t believe recent media reports of an “All Eritrean” deaths from a disaster just happened off the Southern Italian Island of Lampedusa.
While recalling his own personal experience as an ‘Ethiopian Migrant‘ in Libya, Alemayehu recounts that many African migrants, especially those from Ethiopia, would like to assume Eritrean identity in the hope for easing their asylum application process.
“Once the traffickers drop you off in Libya [after being smuggled through the Sahara desert] they tell you to insist as Eritrean to avoid forceful return back to Ethiopia”, recalls Henok.
He also wrote that there were dozens of Ethiopian migrants detained with him in various prison cells inside Libya like in Bengazi, Tripoli, Kufra, and Ajdabiya and the only reason he is alive today is because he remained detained in prison as those who claim “Eritrean” got their temporary asylum to later jump on to the next available boat to ultimately cut their long and perilous journey short with tragedy.
“Therefore,” he said concluding his truth-to-be-told account, “what I believe is that there must have been so many Ethiopians among the victims of the Lampedusa tragedy and simply putting them as an “all Eritrean” victims is not true and appropriate.”
Here is an interview made by another Ethiopian journalist Kinfu Assefa with one of the Ethiopian survivors narrating his ordeal and the loss his many Ethiopian friends in the Lampedusa migrant incident.
Below is what he has posted on his website today about the above story and to retain its originality, I posted it on an image format. Click here to read it direct from the source.
(Last updated on 08 Sep 2013)
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