Martin Flawed’s and Selam Kidane’s Embezzled Report
By Teweldeberhan Gebre
Martin, a born fascist, hides behind a handful diaspora outfits in different names. Martin lacks ethics and professionalism. Recently, Martin and his foster child, Selam Kidane, posted an article “the famine the Eritrean government doesn’t want you to know about” in his blog, https://martinplaut.wordpress.com. Interestingly, the article was originally posted by the NewStateman blog. But, in Martin’s blog, it was re-posted in his and Selam’s name which I find it ridiculous and unethical. I can repost someone’s article of my like, but I cannot delete the name of the original writer and repost it in my name. Otherwise, it is theft. So, Selam and Martin are not only thieves but also dishonest to their readers.
Unfortunately, East Africa is home for famine and hunger, and Eritrea is not an exception. Famine and hunger are two different things. Hunger is chronic undernourishment. That means people don’t eat enough to get the energy they need to lead active lives, study and perform physical activities. The hunger which is a chronic undernourishment is particularly harmful to women and children. Leaving aside the seriousness of undernourishment no one can deny that hunger and malnutrition are critical issues in the Eritrean society.
Chronic malnutrition is the result of various factors that can negatively affect child growth and women’s health. These factors vary according to the particular circumstances in which each child has been raised and culture. For instance, among other factors- weight at birth, infants feed, quality of diet and nutritional intake, and mother’s nutritional status during conception and pregnancy. Other factors are hygiene, and mother’s education attainment affects child health and nutritional status.
The other extreme catastrophe is famine. When people do not have enough food to survive, they are afflicted by famine and they die. If one has sufficient carbohydrates in his body, one can survive with under-optimal protein and fat in his/her diet. The hungry can have enough food to survive but not good health. Thus, the difference between famine and hunger is found in whether the people have enough food to survive, or not. Apologists, Martin Flawed and Selam Kidane, cannot distinguish between hunger and famine. In the embezzled ‘report,’ “the famine the Eritrean government doesn’t want you to know about,” Selam and Marin are forcing the world to believe the non-existence of food in Eritrea. Interestingly, the title of the embezzled report is about famine while its content is about chronic malnutrition which is the result of the factors I mentioned in paragraph three above.
Another disaster of the embezzled report is the images of the children with a Kwashiorkor symptoms. I have worked in many countries, and I know what malnutrition is all about including its symptoms. The indexed scientific measures of malnutrition are:
Low height for age or stunting: chronic loss of height against their age (height-for-age) and compared to others of the same age group. It takes a relatively long time to develop.
Low weight-for-age or underweight: weight-for-age reflects body mass relative to the chronological age of the child.
Low weight-for-height or wasting: wasting or thinness indicates in most cases a recent and severe process of weight loss.
All three are measurements of malnutrition and countries produce periodic Demographic Health Survey (DHS) report on their populations’ health status. I cannot deny the seriousness of malnutrition in Eritrea as it is a documented fact. The last Population and Health Survey (2010, page 218) is enough to judge. What I don’t accept is the fabrications by the apologists. Mr. Flawed and his foster child Selam Kidane together with their embezzled source, the NewStatemen, came with controversial images of children with Kwashiorkor symptom. According to the online Wikipedia, the symptoms of Kwashiorkor are: change in skin and hair color (to a rust color) and texture, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of muscle mass, failure to grow or gain weight, edema (swelling) of ankles, feet, and belly, damaged immune system, which can lead to more frequent and severe infections, and irritability.
The first two images are Eritrean children from the embezzled report of Mr. Flawed and his foster child, Selam Kidane who according to the embezzlers suffered from Kwashiorkor. I included the third image from the online Wikipedia with a Kwashiorkor symptoms. Now, judge for yourselves if the first two pictures and the third one have something in common.
Looking at the pictures the right symptoms of Kwashiorkor is the third picture. However, for people like Martin flawed and his agent, Selam Kidane, creating a fabricated lie is in DNA. My personal advice to these rubbish individuals is stop meddling in the Eritrean affairs.
Yes, I always argue that poverty in Eritrea is due to the bad economic governance by the Isaias regime. I also argue that aid is not the solution for our economic predicaments. Mr. flawed and his foster child advocate for aid. In the first place, aid is a fraction of the embezzled money from Africa and elsewhere by the so called ‘donors’ who are also instigators of poverty. Mr. flawed’s agenda is his government’s agenda- for them food aid is a means of controlling the entire population while the so-called development aid is meant to control governments. In this regard, Mr. flawed works day and night towards realizing his government’s agenda. Selam Kidane is mentioned along side Martin’s name to give the embezzled report an Eritrean flavor.
Unfortunately, we have a government that doesn’t listen to its people and give chance to the hardworking people of Eritrea. A state man who completely lost his compass in the middle of the sea and the people of Eritrea is disappointed by his ability to rule the State.