Eritreans: A people denied the right to life, says top artist


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Kiros Asfaha, a top Eritrean singer, says his country has become a hell from where Eritreans flee for survival. Very well articulate, Kiros describes Eritrean officials as ‘demons racing against time to destroy the country and its people before their inevitable demise.’ The singer joined Eritrea’s national military service in 1994, and wasted his time there until he fled to Ethiopia in recent weeks. During the course of his 20 years in the army, which he said has been greatly depleted due to mass defections; Kiros said he knew all Eritrean prisons because he himself lived in and out of prison where many other Eritreans perished either by execution, torture, hunger and illness.

In a captivating two-hour interview with Radio Wogahta, the Eritrean artist calls Isaias and his deputies the “thugs” who had lost any sense of humanity whatsoever. “They are the scums who stay in power by perpetuating evil deeds… fear, torture, hunger and death.”

Kiros calls on Eritreans in the Diaspora to desist from being the tool of a dying regime which couldn’t get enough of the human atrocities that it has been committing for years.

In recent weeks, many other Eritrean artists have arrived in Ethiopia and been giving interviews that all point to one conclusion: the Eritrean regime has been committing a crime against humanity.

Last June, the UN accused Eritrea of crimes against humanity. “A three-member team of UN-appointed investigators said in a statement the rights violations in the country were occurring on a “scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere”, and were forcing 5,000 people a month to escape the country – despite the army’s policy of shooting on sight all those who attempt to flee,” according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

“Many of the migrants currently attempting to cross the Mediterranean are from Eritrea, and have told The Telegraph in Calais how life in their home country is so hellish they would rather risk death while escaping than remain alive in their own country.”

Source:  Ethiomedia, September 2, 2015