A Letter to all My Fellow Eritreans!
On March 22, 2020, I wrote and posted a short article, “A Response to some nonsense aired by some sham-regime opponents!” In this article, I argued that my fellow Eritreans should not count on any meaningful assistance from the cursed blood-sucking regime of Issayas Afeworki and his gangs, who have allied themselves with the killer coronavirus in order to speed up the extermination of the Eritrean people.
Instead, I sincerely appealed to the Almighty God to protect and save the helpless and innocent Eritrean people – whom He created in His image – from the deadly disease.
The following facts all amount to clear confirmation of the evil Issayas Afeworki-led PFDJ regime’s criminal intentions towards the Eritrean people: the contemptuous refusal to accept the personal protection equipment (PPE) and other protective materials and tools given to Eritrea by some countries and well-intentioned individuals; the refusal of entry to hundreds of Eritreans from the medical profession who are willing to help their people in the fight against COVID-19; the fact that the brutal and cowardly Eritrean dictator is in hiding in his foxholes and has not appeared in public to address the Eritrean people about the coronavirus pandemic; the adamant refusal to open the doors of the crammed prisons and free the thousands of political prisoners and other prisoners of conscience.
I want to be frank here. When I posted my article, while I was sick from a coronavirus-related infection and on my way to the hospital, it was – more or less – meant as a goodbye letter to the readers of Mdrebahri and other fellow Eritreans.
This was why I also indicated in that piece of my writing that this might well be my last contribution to the struggle against injustice in my beloved country, Eritrea. I must admit now that, when I composed that piece, I was highly distressed, thinking that I had reached the end of my journey and that all was over.
This was not because I am afraid of dying – I am very conscious that all human beings are born to die anyway – but because I was concerned and bitter about dying in total loneliness, without the opportunity to hug and say goodbye to my own children and other members of my family, and about being buried unceremoniously in an undignified manner.
I am now very glad to convey to all my Eritrean brothers and friends, and to all those concerned with the welfare of others, who have sent me consoling messages of human solidarity at a very critical moment, that Almighty God has miraculously saved my life. Indeed, I now feel like a born-again person and the survivor of a holocaust. However, I must also mention here that the dark road still ahead of all of us might be long, torturous, agonising, lonely and at times very terrifying.
Thus, following my recovery, and in the fine Christian tradition of providing help to the needy – which is in line with my long-held commitment to human-rights activities – I also feel that, during this crucial period, I have an obligation to provide charitable and humanitarian service, no matter how small, to those needy, distressed, stranded and sick fellow human beings who, for one reason or another, are incapable of helping themselves at this difficult moment.
In Acts 20:35, the Bible states: “In all things, I have shown you that, by working hard in this way, we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”
Thus, effective from today, April 2, 2020, I have decided to provide some charitable and humanitarian service – based on fraternity with all Eritreans and, indeed, with anyone reading this message and in dire need of help – to those who are sick and confined to their homes within the limits of West London. I hope other Eritrean brothers and sisters will do the same.
So, if you don’t have anyone to turn to, please contact me without hesitation on 07913 054825. I will do my utmost to help you unconditionally in buying some essential foodstuffs, or in acquiring medication, whenever required, and I will leave it at the door of your designated address.
You do not need to meet me or worry about paying me back. I am prepared to bear the burden of sharing my meagre resources with a needy person, whoever that person might be. After all, it states in the Bible, in Proverbs 19:17: “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his [good] deed.”
Let us, therefore, help each other at this dark moment to keep hope alive and let us pray to God the merciful so that He will welcome us to his Kingdom with outstretched arms, open the gates of Heaven to all the thousands of victims of COVID-19 and cure those that are still having their strategic organs attacked by this killer virus.
Let us also hope that, with the help of the merciful and supreme God, the darkness that has fallen on humanity will be defeated and there will be light at the end of this dreadful dark tunnel.
In the meantime, please accept my sincere thanks and warm fraternal greetings to all those who were praying for me. I love you all.
Drs. Tsegezab Gebregergis
London, April 2 2020