Radio Erena: 03 April 2015
The European Union is facing harsh criticism from the Eritrean change-seeking diaspora community and several other democracy activists after it announces its extension for development aid to the Eritrean government.
The widespread protest is seen came after the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development – Neven Mimica told Reuters that EU believes the gesture of aid to the Eritrean government would cut down the flow of immigrants from Eritrea to the EU member states.
The European Union had reportedly donated 122 million Euros ($132 million US dollars) to the Eritrean government between 2007 and 2013.
According to Commissioner Mimica, the new development aid to the Eritrean government is to be used in power plant projects and in development projects on other various sectors.
However, the Eritrean change-seeking diaspora community and democracy activists, who are also collecting signatures to present them to the union, denounce the commission’s aid to the government and urge the commission to explore the Eritrean government’s readiness for reform and to restore rule of law in the country before donations are made.
The emigration in Eritrea is attributed to the forceful conscription of the youth under the disguise of the limit less national service.