Tag Archives: Boat Tragedy

Italian Prosecutor: Evidence NGOs Colluding with Human Traffickers

WE TOLD YOU SO. Italy should investigate the dubious role of Eritrean regime-change hopefuls cum “human rights activists” in order to get to the bottom of the collusion between charity organizations and human smugglers. Father Mussie Zerai, Meron Estefanos and Elsa Chyrum have, allegedly, a role in serving as a liaison between smugglers and rescuers. Their actions on the trafficking of Eritrean migrants warrants an investigation.

BY BBC NEWS

An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers.

Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels.

Organisations involved in rescue operations have rejected accusations of collusion, saying their only concern is to save lives. Continue reading Italian Prosecutor: Evidence NGOs Colluding with Human Traffickers

Over 240 Migrants Drown in 2 Shipwrecks off Libya Coast

More than 240 migrants drown when two overcrowded rubber dinghies capsize about 25 miles off the coast of Libya, with close to 180 people pulled to safety. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

By RT.com,

Passengers from two rubber dinghies that sank just miles from the coast of Libya have told rescuers that as many as 240 migrants drowned attempting to make the journey to Italy. The UN says that 2016 has already seen a record number of migrant deaths at sea.

In one of the disasters, the boat left the Libyan coast at around 3am on Wednesday but lost buoyancy several hours later, according to Flavio di Giacomo, a spokesman for the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). When the European patrol boat arrived, the survivors, who numbered 27, told rescuers that about 100 people had perished underwater. Twelve bodies, including those of three babies, have been recovered. Continue reading Over 240 Migrants Drown in 2 Shipwrecks off Libya Coast

Politicizing Human Tragedy A la “Eritrean Opposition” Style

LOSERS. Members of the Eritrean Quislings League (EQL) who have resorted to blackmail, harassment and intimidation of the Eritrean people for the last 15 years now want to prevent Eritreans from celebrating the day that gave them their distinct “Eritrean identity” by shamefully playing politics with the deaths of Eritrean migrants in the Mediterranean. That is callous and stupid!

By Bruh Tesfa,

LAST Saturday May 16th, 2015 as I pull into the parking lot of the venue to join my compatriots in celebrating Eritrean Independence I was astounded with dismay to encounter a handful people on the corner of the street with dim lights holding what appeared to be the old Eritrean flag and chanting something I couldn’t make a sense out of. On the ground not far from where these “protesters” stood lay two burial boxes , presumably to symbolize the migrants who drowned off of Mediterranean Sea in recent months.  Continue reading Politicizing Human Tragedy A la “Eritrean Opposition” Style

The Traffic Racket: The Pied Pipers in Tigray

What is the role of Ethiopia and its refugee agencies in the promoting and trafficking of Eritreans? Eritrean children as the hapless victims of Ethiopian foreign policy towards Eritrea.

By Red Sea Fisher,

PART two of our series on the “The Traffic Racket” investigated the shadowy syndicate behind Eritrean migration. This third piece will look into the role of Ethiopia and its refugee agency in promoting the escape of Eritrean children from Eritrea.  Continue reading The Traffic Racket: The Pied Pipers in Tigray

The Traffic Racket: The Activist Syndicate and the EU

The role of diaspora based Eritrean ‘Activists’ in the Trafficking of Eritreans and their shadowy links with journalists and state officials vis-à-vis Eritrean migration and the resultant consequences for Europe, Eritrea and the migrants.

By Red Sea Fisher,

IN PART one of our series on the “The Traffic Racket,” we spoke about the dubious roles of Eritrean “activists” Mussie Zerai, Meron Estefanos, and Elsa Chyrum. We spoke about the role of misinformed journalists and sometimes outright biased activist-journalists like Dan Connell, who have been promoting the work of the activists to bring about regime change in Eritrea. Do these ties go deeper?

Part two looks into the shadowy links between these activists, journalists, and state officials vis-à-vis Eritrean migration, in a loose syndicate, and looks at the consequences for Europe, Eritrea, and the migrants. Continue reading The Traffic Racket: The Activist Syndicate and the EU

Britain Refuses to Accept EU Migrant Resettlement Plan

European Union is finally ready to take its own responsibilities by: saving lives, welcoming refugees, addressing the root causes of the phenomenon, and dismantling criminal organisations. It also promised “not to send back any refugee intercepted at sea against their will”. WELCOME TO EUROPE!

By Reuters,

BRITAIN said on Tuesday it would not participate in any European Union plan to resettle refugees using country quotas, saying it preferred to focus its efforts on tackling people traffickers instead.

The European Commission is planning to legislate before the end of the year to ensure the burden of housing immigrants is shared across the bloc, according to binding quotas based on criteria such as economic health and population.  Continue reading Britain Refuses to Accept EU Migrant Resettlement Plan

The Real Reasons Why Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life Elsewhere

QUESTIONS. How do we stop this from happening again? Why are these people taking such risks? Why has illegal-boat migration to Europe peaked during certain years? Why are the migrants tended to be not very poor? (The Eritrean migrant shown in the above iconic rescue picture, for instance, paid $10,000 in order to reach to the shores of Greece.)

By Doug Saunders,

I MET Marlon, a Sudanese man who had walked across great expanses of desert to Libya, on the edge of Tripoli as he prepared to visit a remote beach at midnight and pay a hard-saved $2,000 to get onto an overcrowded, unseaworthy boat headed to Italy. He knew that the risk of death was high, so was trying to choose his boat carefully, to avoid the sort of fate that has made headlines around the world. He knew the risk too well: “My good friend paid the man and then disappeared, and then I learned that he had drowned when his ship sank,” he told me. “I want to get out of here, but not that badly.”  Continue reading The Real Reasons Why Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life Elsewhere

EU Plans to Kick Out 29 of Every 30 Refugees

EU says no place for asylum seekers and no more search-and-rescue operation. It will, however, mobilize efforts to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency, including co-operating with the countries of origin and transit. Is this face-saving or life-saving?

By RT.com,

THE EU plans to allow only 5,000 refugees for resettlement by asylum seekers in response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis, reports the Guardian. Last year alone 150,000 people arrived in Southern Europe after surviving a trip across the sea.

The measure is part of a package that EU leaders have discussed in Brussels on Thursday. The British newspaper cites a confidential draft conclusion of the summit that outlines the union’s response to the inflow of illegal immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East.  Continue reading EU Plans to Kick Out 29 of Every 30 Refugees