We are writing on behalf of the Agency Habeshia which, as you may know, deals with the tragedy of the refugees and migrants and that, therefore, he would like to see her as an ally in the difficult path intended to give freedom, dignity and security to the millions of people forced to abandon their land.
Let's start with one of the last, dramatic pleas for help. Certainly it knows the UN report that just a few weeks ago reported that over 400,000 children are victims of famine in Nigeria, because of the situation caused by militia fundamentalists of Boko Haram. Indeed, according to UNICEF, 75,000 are likely to die of starvation in the coming months, at a rate of 200 a day. Not to mention the killings, kidnapping, looting investing entire villages, bombings, massacres and all the north of the precipitate the country for years under the direct control of ISIS faithful fundamentalists. So something is very wrong if we think back to his statement, disseminated by all European media that there is no need to change the criteria of the nationalities of refugees to be accepted and "relocate" in any of the EU states.
"If we compare Italy and Greece, we see that up to 80 percent of migrants crossing the Aegean are refugees, while the majority of those arriving in Italy from the central Mediterranean, in this case 80 percent, are irregular . We do not intend to change the criteria ... ": this is the declaration which awarded the Press, in response to those who asked if he thought a few changes for Nationalities for redistribution, because in Italy there are no" Syrians and Eritreans enough " . Here, already this idea of nationality as "a priori requirement" seems nothing short of absurd. If only because - you know it well - according to international law and the Geneva Convention, asylum applications should be examined case by case, listening to the stories of each individual and not, however, carried out according to criteria of "national belonging "unfortunately, as you are now doing, so as to accommodate only those fleeing war-torn Syria or Eritrea enslaved by the dictatorship of an authoritarian regime.
But the list of situations like this is very long. Somalia imploded, and in the throes of civil war, with the militants of Al Shabaab, affiliated to Al Qaeda, who make an average score of more than 900 attacks a year, with hundreds, thousands of deaths and, again, a drought and a famine that invest millions of men and women. Mali where, contrary to what it keeps saying in Europe, the war exploded with the revolt of 2012 in the northern regions, the so-called Azawad, never ended, as evidenced by the long chain of daily attacks, bombings, ambushes, killings. The ordeal of Darfur, the war-torn region of Sudan that knows no peace for years and feeding, in fact, a steady stream of refugees who see in flight the only way of salvation from all kinds of violence perpetrated by the police in the Al Bashir regime , the famous "devils on horseback." Yemen, overwhelmed by the war between Shiites and Sunnis: here thousands of deaths and millions of refugees or displaced, desperate people driven from their homes and their cities even by bombs and weapons that Europe (and Italy in particular) It sells, together with Member States, to one of the warring factions. Or, again, the Gambia, subjugated for years by a brutal dictatorship, which we hope has been truly banished from the elections a few days ago. Or the Central African Republic. Or the same Niger, chosen from Europe to make it a big "" sorting hub for refugees but that seems far from certain, due to the increasing escalation of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram from Nigeria and AQIM jihadis and Isis from Mali, so that in June, the UN coordinator, Fode Ndiaye, has appealed to the international community speaking bluntly of "humanitarian crisis" ...
One could go on - you know - for who knows how long. Afghanistan, for example, where the European Union wants to "repatriate" 80,000 refugees, as if the country had become suddenly "peaceful and safe." Unfortunately, the media speak little of these tragedies and the general public knows little. But that it is, in fact, of tragedies denounce the refugees who continue to knock on the doors of Europe, fleeing from Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Gambia and so on: just scroll down the list of nationality of many young people landed in Italy. However, according to his statements, it seems these situations would not be "sufficient" to open the doors of solidarity in Europe. Not enough to guarantee - as well as rules of international law - help and hospitality.
Why this choice? Habeshia can not explain it. Unless the reason is not that these states from which you are forced to flee are largely the very same with which the European Union has signed a number of treaties to stop the refugees before they arrive to the shores of the Mediterranean. We refer to the processes of Rabat and Khartoum, the agreements signed in Malta in November 2015, the pact with Turkey to her exalted and that, in fact, it works great as a "barrier" placed across the Aegean shame that functions on skin of refugees. Yeah, because agreements and pacts of this kind serve to Europe to outsource its borders even beyond the Sahara or in any case far from the southern Mediterranean, delegating to others the dirty work to supervise them, these frontiers, and make them impassable. And his statement, now, are likely to give a voice to those who still want to raise them further and more selfishness and indifference barriers and appeals always to a closed-door policy and refusal.
We hope you really like Habeshia, to be proven wrong. But - less than denials, in fact - just that emerges from his words quoted by the media. Words that seem to forget that you leave the house only when the house does not leave you any more stare1 ...
Don Mussie Zerai, president of the Habeshia
Emilio Drudi, Agency spokesman.
Rome, December 8, 2016
1 - Giuseppe Cederna, Home. The subsequent verses say: No one leaves the house unless the house does not cast thee fire under your feet, warm blood in the stomach, something that you never thought of doing, as long as the scythe has marked you the threats neck ...