Radio Erena: 12 January 2015
The remains of the three Eritrean sisters, who are believed to have been shot dead at the border town of Qarura by the Eritrean defence forces as they were attempting to cross to Sudan last mid-September, were laid to rest the 3rd of January 2015 in their town of origin.
Parents and loved ones of the 13 victims, including the three sisters, pointed out that their continuous four-month-long inquiry to the government of Eritrea on the whereabouts of their children was unsuccessful. However, they were able to finally get a closure when the government published a statement on their death last month though it failed to say the cause of their death. Besides, the remains of the victims were not released until last week.
Our sources from Eritrea indicated that the father of the three sisters (identified as Ariam, Rita, and Hosana) – a veteran fighter for independence – Mr. Tesfahannes Hagos of Hadish Adi – a small town about 75 Kilometres south of the country near Seghenayti was able to bury the remains of his children in a composed and intimiate ceremony in the attendance of close family and friends and residents of the town.
A tribute in memory of the three sisters who lost their lives along with ten other Eritreans was also held in the U.S city of Los Angeles on the 3rd of January and a letter of support from the director of Human Rights Eritrea – Elsa Chirum was read at the event.
While the government has not indicated as to how the 13 victims died and whether an investigation was or is being conducted, many people believe they were shot dead by the Eritrean Defence Forces.