Invited by videoconference CANADA to talk about the future of the AFAR people against the background of the genocide in Eritrea-by Houssein IBRAHIM HOUMED
Invited by the powerful AFAR diaspora of Canada and by The Eritrean Afar National Congress (EANC Party), I will intervene at 7 p.m. (French time) by videoconference to explain to you the dramatic situation of the AFAR people in Eritrea under the dictatorial regime of Issaias Afworki .
As you all know, every continent drags its shame: Asia has North Korea, America has Cuba, Africa has Eritrea and Djibouti, with Afworki and Ismael Omar Guelleh, the last Stalinist dictatorships of Horn of Africa.
Living in a coveted region, the AFARS are this people of nomads and herders, victims of persecution. Victim of the arbitrary drawing of borders, the Afar people find themselves sandwiched between three states: Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
-In Eritrea, the AFARS also occupy about 70% of the coastline facing the Red Sea, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
-In Ethiopia, they are located in a vital region for Ethiopian trade through which transits 90% of heavy products imported from abroad.
- In Djibouti, 90% of the country's surface area constitutes historic Afar territories; And demographically speaking, more than 50% of the Djiboutian population is of AFAR origin.
The AFARS of Eritrea are less well off than their Djiboutian and Ethiopian brothers. Because Eritrea is run as in Djibouti by a man, Issaias AFWORKI who is at the head of his clan like Ismaël Omar Guelleh with the mamassanes. This country of 6 million people has become a huge forced labor camp. A prison. An open-air prison.
However, Eritrea was not programmed for such a destiny. It's a frightening story: that of a country which gave hope, which aroused sympathy throughout the Western world, despite some inherent excesses... A country even whose modernism, dynamism and absence of corruption could serve as a example to its African neighbours… And then suddenly, the fall! The ice age! In a few days of 2001, little Eritrea closed its borders, banned the country from the foreign press, imprisoned all its opponents, put an end to all freedoms, including that of the press... It was dictatorship, a totalitarian regime that terrorized its five million inhabitants
Like the tyrant of Diré-Dawa, Ismael Omar Guelleh, AFWORKI openly assumes his brutality in the face of international authorities, poses as invincible, obsessed with survival, considers that Eritrea is his property, his life, his thing.
In this totalitarian regime, the AFARS did not escape all-out repression, but they continued to resist, come what may, because they had always distinguished themselves by their stubbornness in not wanting to disappear.
I invite you to this conference this evening at 7 p.m. (French time). You will find attached the Zoom link to connect:
Houssein IBRAHIM HOUMED