Reliable sources from Eritrea indicate a cholera epidemic which has started in the Dembelas and Quahayn areas is rapidly spreading to Gash-Barka region.
The sources that are closely monitoring the extremely alarming situation are in touch with citizens who live in the affected areas and express their dismay at the regime’s silence and cover up. We present you the
The sources that are closely monitoring the extremely alarming situation are in touch with citizens who live in the affected areas and express their dismay at the regime’s silence and cover up.
We present you the raw information as we have received it so that the internarial community, including relevant UN agencies are kept informed about the alarming situation. The international community should get involved proactively in the effort to control the epidemic as the secretive PFDJ government is weak to deal with the serious health crises on its own.
In the last few days more and more news are coming from the affected areas about a cholera epidemic rapidly spreading in the Gash-Barka region.
1 – The epidemic seems to have started in the Dembelas and Qwohayn areas
and is sweeping through the Gash Barka region;
2 – The government health structures are totally unprepared to face the crisis;
3 – The only response to the disease so far, on the part of the government, has been to
isolate those infected and treat them with some sort of flebo-infusion, and nothing else;
4 – Other than that, movements from village to village, marriages, tezkars, and
any other forms of gatherings are strictly forbidden;
5 – All movements into and from the area have been barred, Aqurdet being the outpost
of the limited zone, coming from Keren;
6 – The weekly market days have been halted;
- People are instructed not to exchange greetings by hand-shaking or other forms of
4 – Even worse, the government has sternly warned the population not to spread word
of the epidemic;
5 – Once again, the regime’s policy is: ሕጂ እውን ብጽፍርና ( “We will resolve it on our own”)
However, it is obvious that crises of this nature cannot be faced without the involvement of the
international community, namely the World Health Organization;
The alarming prospect is that a population already debilitated by hunger, poverty and all the
related problems, may soon come to the brink of yet another daunting tragedy.
Our pressing request to you, diaspora Eritreans is just to at least begin to call the
world’s attention to the extremely alarming situation.