In a memorandum addressed to the 32nd African Summit in Addis Ababa, EPDP Chairman Menghesteab Asmerom once more appealed to African leaders who are meeting under the theme of "2019, Year of African Refugees, Returnees and IDPs", to give a "deserved attention" to the plight of the Eritrean people at home and in forced exile having fled from the most repressive regime in Africa.
The African Summit is scheduled to end Monday, 11 February, with a declaration on a number of hot issues including ways of how to address the problems of African refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees. Eritrea is one of the major refugee-producing countries in Africa. It also has a good number of IDPs although no "returnees", because no refugee dares to return to the hell that Eritrea is under the current regime.
EPDP Chairman's message, addressed to H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamt, the African Union Commission Chairman, and copied to all attending African Heads of State and Government and their envoys in Addis Ababa, wished the summit success in delivering "peace, prosperity and integrated future for Africa". Most importantly, the message urged African leaders "to squarely look at the painful African problems like the disastrous situation in Eritrea.
The memorandum welcomed the "declaration of peace" between Ethiopia and Eritrea but regretted the continued absence of change in Eritrea which will not become "a place
of hope and peace without its people and good governance". Mr. Menghesteab Asmerom further lamented adding: "We say there cannot be peace, prosperity and integration in our region unless the burning issues of human and political rights in Eritrea are addressed soon with the cooperation of Africa and others".
Sent in the early hours of 10 February, the EPDP Chairman's memorandum reiterated the appeal for concrete action for the sake of lasting peace in the troubled region, and concluded with these strong words: "This is an SOS message, an alarm call to you at the AU Summit. We say it is time to pay attention to the prolonged problems of the Eritrean people at home and the huge number of its refugees. Eritreans are scattered all over the region and the globe mainly because of the misdeeds of their own regime and the silence of the AU and other actors to what is going on in the country".