by -A Call for Action
The Action Group for Eritrea
25/11/09
What will sanctions mean to Eritreans? The consequences in human terms:
o Freezing Eritrea’s assets abroad will mean that our access to hard
currency will be curtailed and Eritrea will not be able to import essential goods that are necessary for our people and the nation’s survival;
o The impact of sanctions on the health of our country will be huge. Many
people who depend on medicine imports will be the first to suffer. The long term impact will mean that the health of our people will vastly deteriorate – our water quality will be affected (we will not be able to import water purification supplies) while shortage of spare parts for medical equipments such as X-rays and important lab machines will have monumental impact. Generally, Eritrea’s capacity to provide health care will be greatly diminished and all the gains that have been made in the fight against malaria, contagious diseases and other illnesses will be lost;
o Eritrea’s imports will be hurt badly. This will include medicines, all
kinds of food imports, much needed agricultural products such as fertilizers, pesticides, machinery spare parts, industrial spare parts, fuel, educational materials and etc;
o Food Security: All the efforts to ensure food security will be badly
affected. There will be even more shortages of basic food supplies while prices for basic foodstuffs will be even more expensive than they are now.
This will be coupled with low agricultural production which will make the situation even more dire;
o Eritrea’s economy will be so badly damaged because of lowered economic
activity, loss of trade partners, decline in export revenue, chronic unemployment and sharp decline in GDP and GNP per capita income;
o The country’s ability to defend itself and the interest of its people
from Ethiopia’s aggression will be severely curtailed. Any invasion could lead to a disaster in terms of displacement of citizens, loss of life and damage to infrastructure;
o A travel ban on government officials will result in a detrimental
diplomatic impact which will have short and long term consequences;
o The economic, social and political repercussions will set our country
years back and by the time sanctions had reached their final stage, everything that has been gained in Eritrea will have been completely lost;
o Ultimately, every single Eritrean will lose out – it will be our mothers
and fathers, young brothers and sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, uncles and aunts – in short, every ordinary Eritrean will be the victim of the sanctions. Those who are trying to impose sanctions against Eritrea without any evidence at all are intent on plunging this young country into the Stone Age. If we allow this to happen, then we’ll all rue the day we couldn’t be bothered;
We, the Action Group for Eritrea, call upon all Eritreans and Friends of Eritrea to remain steadfast and oppose the draft resolution. We ask you to call for an end to the injustice and the co-ordinated attack against Eritrea by writing to your MP and other relevant bodies.