By Teweldeberhan Gebre
Mr. Brian Hayes, a member of the European parliament (MEP) who is also a member of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, has hosted a conference in Brussels on the future development of Eritrea on Monday, 28 November 2016. Eritrea’s Information, Minister Yemane Gebremeskel, was one of the speakers, also joined by Ms. Christine Umutoni (UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Eritrea) and John Weakliam, CEO of VITA (my old friend) from Eritrea. Mr. Hayes initiative to engage and engaging Eritrea must be welcomed and praised. Unfortunately, some of the so called opposition who are less interested to see their people escaping out of the horrible poverty didn’t have doubt to publicly denounce the initiative by Mr. Hayes. Their behaviour reminds me the Biblical saying by the Lord, Jesus Christ, when He said:
“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn,” Methew 11: 16-17.
“ነዚ ወለዶ አዚ እሞ ብምንታይ ክምስሎ ኢየ? ኣብ ዕዳጋ ተቐሚጦም ነዕርኾም ዝጽውዑ ቖልዑ ኢዩ ዝመስል። ከምዚ ካኣ ዝብልዎም፡– “እምብልታ ነፋሕናልኩም ኣይሳዕሳዕኩምን። ኣልቀስናልኩም ኣይበኼኹምን” ማቴዎስ 11፡16-17።
I have some questions to the die hard oppositions:
What would you say if the government of Eritrea had to refuse to come into the conference? Would you still denounce the government? Do you care about your people suffering from poverty and underdevelopment? Or you just don’t mind? We should be concerned on the bad economic and livelihood conditions the people are facing.
If anything the international community is willing to do in the direction of improving economic development and human right conditions it must be welcomed and encouraged and should not be denounced. The government of Eritrea has to be encouraged for taking steps to engage with the international community and take a concrete step to improve the low life conditions of the people of Eritrea.