She heard relatives tortured phone

[jqdial code=”dial62277a6e17″] 0.5;1[/jqdial] Meron Estefanos has been called by captors who tortured her relatives and demanded her money. Something that has become a reality for many Eritreans.

In a conversation got Meron Estefanos hear how a relative shouted torture. Utpressarna demanded that she paid 200 000 for the torture to stop.

Until now, almost a billion dollars paid to save upwards of 25,000 people from being tortured to death in Eritrea. To draw attention to the situation , the human rights activist Meron Estefanos started the radio program Voices of Eritrean refugees.

– I started the radio show to try to pay attention to what is happening in Eritrea and other vulnerable countries nearby where mainly refugees tortured. I want the Eritreans who are contemplating escape should understand that the problems will continue even if they try , and succeed , leave the country.

In the program you will hear people call in and talk about their situation . Meron Estefanos says it can range from those who are thinking of escaping from Eritrea , the boat people who call from the boat as they flee the sinking.

– I got a call from a boat in which 250 people were drowning and had to call the Italian Coast Guard to alert . There have also been calls from the Eritreans who are to be deported from Israel to Eritrea and who need urgent help to escape deportation and imminent torture. Those who call me are almost always in need.

Meron Estefanos says she previously worked with other matters relating to human rights , but that the distance between Sweden and Eritrea made ​​it too difficult to help Eritreans in Eritrea. Therefore , she focuses now on helping those who have already left the country. There she has a greater opportunity to help. It was also in the process as her radio show started.

– It was when my cousin was kidnapped as my commitment right kidnappings became so strong . The kidnappers are very successful , so it is difficult to see how the situation will be improved. And they have no choice – it does not pay , they die even relatives.

The Israeli film ” Sound of torture ” that follows Meron Estefanos work with tortured refugees currently displayed at the Gothenburg Film Festival.


By: P3 Nyheter 




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Eritrean solidarity rally underscores community divisiveness over Israel

[jqdial code=”dial8ca2ddca9f”] eritrea_demo[/jqdial] On Wednesday, a protest that expressed solidarity with Eritreans refugee-status seekers in Israel drew approximately 30 Jewish-Americans and Eritreans from Los Angeles and nearby. Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC) organized the Los Angeles protest, which took place outside the headquarters of the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles.

Attracting groups with disparate agendas, the event underscored the divisiveness in the Jewish community over Israel.

“This should be seen only as a human rights issue,” EYSC chairman Daniel Mikael told the Journal at the end of today’s rally.

The gathering was one of many demonstrations of its kind that took place today as part of an international, coordinated effort.

It came on the heels of ongoing demonstrations in Israel.


At Wilshire boulevard and Barrington avenue, the site of the consulate, protestors sung out, “Asylum, yes! Detention, no! No ghettos in Israel!” among other chants, a reference to the living conditions of Eritrean immigrants in Israel. The Israeli government has placed the Eritreans in detention centers.

The migration of Eritreans to Israel has increased over the years. In its wake, Israel has witnessed a debate over whether the government should grant the immigrants refugee status, or whether the immigrants should be deemed economic migrants.

For Mikael, the answer is clear. Thousands of Eritreans currently living in Israel fled a country that is run by a “dictatorship,” he said.

In 2009, Parade magazine listed the country’s president, Isayas Afewerki, as the eighth worst dictator in the world.

Mikhail cited limited freedom of religion and the lack of a private press as among the country’s problems.

Eritrea is located in the horn of Africa.

Speakers today included Maya Paley, co-founder of Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel; Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, a social justice activist and associate professor of rabbinic literature at American Jewish University; and Estee Chandler, an organizer for Jewish Voice for Peace.

They addressed a crowd of that had gathered on the sidewalk, as morning traffic crawled by.

Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel was a major participant of the gathering.

The signs held by protestors illustrated the mixed messages of the rally. Some read: “Freedom,” “No Indefinite Detention Refugees in Israel” and “What Would Mandela Say?”

Meanwhile, other signs read: “Another Form of Ethnic Cleansing in Israel.” Jewish Voice for Peace had designed these signs (they also designed the “No Indefinite Detention…” signs).

The co-opting of the demonstration was just one of several factors that made the event troublesome in the viewpoint of Roberta Seid. The education-research director at pro-Israel organization Stand With Us was on hand this morning, distributing handouts at the organization that labeled the demonstration “misguided,” among other words.

During an interview, Seid’s mixed feelings about the Eritrean cause were apparent.

“I think the unfortunate thing about this is it can be used to defame Israel, single Israel out, for having problems that’s lots of other liberal democracies have, and lots of African countries have, like South Africa, which has also been excoriated for how its treat refugees,” she said.

Mikhail attempted to clarify. A native of Eritrea who has been residing in the United States for more than 20 years due to this country’s granting of refugee status to him, Mikhail said that Israel’s involvement is incidental, a consequence of the Jewish State’s geographical proximity to Eritrea and that the focus should be less about Israel’s management of the problem and more about the dire realities inside of Eritrea that has prompted so many of its inhabitants to flee.

“My concern when we do this kind of events is that we are sending the message that Israel is a oppressive government,” he said. “We’re escaping oppressive governments.”



By: Jewish Journal






Refugees to protest at Israeli embassies worldwide

African asylum seekers in Canada, Australia and the European Union to show solidarity Wednesday with migrants’ struggle

[jqdial code=”dial6c0bb19818″] F140115MT03-e[/jqdial] African refugees who have obtained asylum in the West are to protest in front of the Israeli embassies in their respective countries in a show of solidarity with migrants seeking asylum in Israel.

The refugees will hold simultaneous protests Wednesday in Canada, Australia and various European Union countries, to raise awareness of the struggle of refugees based in Israel.

Early January saw a series of unprecedented, well-organized demonstrations by migrants in Israel, who demand that the state recognize them as refugees with the attendant international rights. Israel has so far refused to do so in all but a few cases.

An estimated 20,000 rallied in Tel Aviv, 10,000 protested outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, and 150 migrants began an open-ended hunger strike.

On Monday, the NRG website quoted one of the refugee protest leaders in Israel as saying the idea to hold demonstrations around the world came up after asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan living in Western countries contacted their brethren in Israel.

“They asked us what they can do, and we thought that demonstrations around the world, to raise awareness of our protest and situation, could help,” the protest leader said.

Last Wednesday, representatives of the African asylum seekers participated in a meeting of the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers. The migrants, a week earlier, were prevented by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein from entering the parliament for meetings with MKs. The committee’s discussion centered around the Immigration and Border Authority policy toward asylum seekers and its impact on the business sector.

By: The Times of Israel

Berhane becomes first African winner of Tropicale Amissa Bongo

Eritrean beats Luis Leon Sanchez in Gabon

[jqdial code=”dialcd32123c7c”] [/jqdial]Natnael-Berhane  Natnael Berhane (Europcar) became the first African rider to win the Tropicale Amissa Bongo stage race when he edged out Luis Leon Sanchez (Caja Rural-RGA Seguros) on the final stage in Libreville on Sunday.

The Eritrean entered the final day in third place overall, four seconds down on Sanchez, but with three intermediate sprints on the menu, the race was delicately poised as it reached its endgame. The Europcar squad managed to keep the peloton intact for two of the three sprints, while Berhane did the rest, picking up six bonus seconds to Sanchez’s one. While Fréderique Robert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) won the stage, Berhane took overall honours, just one second ahead of the experienced Sanchez.

“It’s a real joy. I found it hard to believe that it would be possible to beat a rider like Luis Leon Sanchez, who has such a great palmarès. But in the end, I got there, and that means that I’m starting to make a place for myself with the pros,” Berhane said afterwards.

Berhane is part of a talented generation of Eritrean riders that also includes Daniel Teklehaimanot, formerly of Orica-GreenEdge and now at MTN-Qhubeka. African road champion in 2011 and 2012, Berhane made the move to Europe last season with Jean-René Bernaudeau’s Europcar squad.

The highlight of Berhane’s year came at the Tour of Turkey, where he won a stage and finished second overall behind Mustafa Sayar, a result that may yet be upgraded to first place due Sayar’s positive test for EPO at last season’s Tour of Algeria.

“I want to thank my teammates who did enormous work for me today,” Berhane told “I worked a lot, thinking every day about this win. I dedicate this victory to Eritrea. I’m so happy that I don’t know what to say.”

Berhane’s Tropicale Amissa Bongo victory is the fifth in succession by a rider from Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team in the race in Gabon, but the first by an African rider in the event’s nine-year history.

“The Tropicale is the true barometer of cycling in Africa,” Bernaudeau told “A few years ago, African riders were struggling, but now we’re discovering some talented riders.”

Bernaudeau paid tribute to Berhane’s victory and said that he believes the 23-year-old can beat a trail on the world stage for other African riders to follow. “I’ve discovered a fine African rider who will be, I hope, the ambassador for the African continent,” he said. “Sport is also about discovering talent. I’m emotional because I am the first one to place his confidence in a rider of great talent without looking at his colour.”

Berhane’s next target will be the Tour de Langkawi (February 27-March 8), where he will lead Europcar’s general classification challenge.