Washington, D.C. -- The Washington-based Eritrean Development Foundation (EDF) today announced that it has sent US$100,000.00 to the Eritrean Relief and Refugee Commission (ERREC) for emergency drought relief in Eritrea, including the purchase and immediate distribution of DMK, a locally produced supplementary food commodity. The funds will allow for the purchase of 237 tons or 237,000 kg. of DMK, which will feed 60,000 to 80,000 Eritrean children, expecting mothers and lactating mothers for one month The money was raised as part of EDF's May 22, 2003 Benefit Dinner.
For Immediate Release
A two-day tour of the Gash-Barka region of Eritrea was undertaken from June 25-26, 2000 to assess the basic condition of the IDPs scattered across that region and, more importantly, to assess the condition of the major towns and villages previously under E thiopian occupation in order to determine their suitability and capacity to accept returning IDPs.
With more than 550,000 Eritreans displaced since Ethiopia invaded the country on May 12--and the number climbing daily--many people are contacting the Eritrean Development Foundation (EDF) to ask where to send donated clothes, medicines, food and other items. But such gifts are NOT what is needed. In fact they may even interfere with efforts to collect and send what is desperately needed--cash. For this reason, EDF is not sending any individually-donated items to Eritrea.
Background: The bulk of the IDPs currently in zoba Anseba have been displaced from zoba Gash-Barka and are now on the move or temporarily settled along the Anseba/Gash-Barka border.
This report is very basic and was constrained by the time available for the visit and the type of interviews carried out. We focused almost exclusively on the IDPs themselves whilst other groups spoke with local government and ERREC officials.
On May 12, 2000, Ethiopia launched a massive military attack against its neighbor, Eritrea. Heavy fighting has been reported ever since with mounting deaths and severe dislocation of Eritrean civilians caught in the fighting.
The Eritrean Development Foundation (EDF) today appealed for urgently needed assistance for tens of thousands of civilians displaced by renewed war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Washington, DC-based aid agency also called for urgent international action to halt the fighting.