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Letter to The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary, U.S. Department of State

We are once again writing you to ask you to stop another potential bloodbath between Eritrea and Ethiopia before it is too late by enforcing the rule of international law. Not only does the U.S. have an obligation and responsibility to do so, but it is also the only power capable of bringing Ethiopia to its senses. As you remember well the US, under President Clinton’s leadership, had played a constructive role in bringing the 1998-2000 war to an end by serving as a facilitator between the two countries and authoring the 2000 Algiers Agreement.

Letter to H.E. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

As Americans of Eritrean descent, once again, we would like to express our profound regret that 10 years after the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s (EEBC) final and binding ruling on the border, the Eritrea-Ethiopia border remains physically undemarcated and Ethiopia is still occupying sovereign Eritrean territories in defiance of the EEBC’s delimitation and demarcation decisions. Not only is this a violation of the Dec. 12, 2000 Algiers Agreement, which the UN was a guarantor, it also continues to be at the heart of the threat to peace and security to the entire Horn of Africa region.

Eritreans Mourn the Loss of Rep. Donald Payne

The Organization of Eritrean Americans, on behalf of Eritreans living in the United States, wishes to express its deepest condolences on the untimely death of the Honorable Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on the Committee for Foreign Affairs. Congressman Payne gave his state and his nation nearly a quarter of a century of dedicated service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to Congress in 1988 as the first African American congressman from the state of New Jersey.

Security Council beats its own shameful record of injustice against the Eritrean people

OEA Statement

December 10, 2011

The UN Security Council on Monday beat its own shameful record of injustice against the Eritrean people who have been victimized for more than 60 years by actions taken by this world body in the interest of an aggressive, expansionist neighbor: Ethiopia.

When did Kenya Lose Its Independent Foreign Policy?

What is wrong with Kenya? When did it lose its ability to formulate an independent regional policy? The Kenyan people have always resisted foreign domination, whether it came from across the seas or across the border in the rough neighborhood they live. In the crisis-ridden Horn of Africa, the Kenyans have managed to successfully resist hegemonic designs of the neighborhood’s Western- enabled aggressively expansionist bully, Ethiopia.

Eritrean Community Letter to UNSC

July 17, 2011

H.E Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, The Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations

Dear Mr. President

Royce's ill-advised campaign against a young African nation continues

The Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) once again expresses profound dismay by Republican Congressman Ed Royce’s continued ill-advised campaign against the young African nation of Eritrea based on groundless charges fabricated, orchestrated and pushed by the Red Sea nation’s traditional enemy to the south, Ethiopia.

OEA workshop focused on issues of war and peace in the Horn

The Organization of Eritrean Americans (OEA) held a workshop on the Horn of Africa’s continuing search for peace on May 24, 2011. The program was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the DC Convention Center, 900 10th St, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Eritrea: 20 years of Progress towards Food Security and Self-Reliance

Today, mass food production and food banking is essential to the economic and political sovereignty of a nation. Globally, Food Security is a fundamental objective of populations and governments. Food is vital to all sectors of the people that make up a nation, starting from the smallest child to the most productive adult; it is essential to the growth, prosperity and stability of a country. In Eritrea food security has taken greater precedence as development policy in order to eradicate poverty and to achieve sustainable economic development.

Eritrea: The Land of Determination, Perseverance, and Sacrifice

According to the predictions of the so-called western political observers, analysts, and thinkers, Eritrea was not supposed to be independent. Nevertheless, against all odds, and in spite of myriads of hardships, Eritrea, thanks to its determination, perseverance and sacrifice became independent on 24 May 1991. In May of 1993, after its successful referendum (where 99.8% of its people voted for independence) Eritrea took its previously denied place in the assembly of nations. Grudgingly, some nations accepted the fait a compli of Eritrean independence!

After being politically, economically, and socially oppressed and subjugated for centuries by the Turks, Egyptian, Italians, British, and the Ethiopians, the people of Eritrea, in September 1st 1961, started an armed struggle to liberate their country. They wanted to be the champions of their own future and destiny. The armed struggle continued until 1991. Thirty years of tenacity, dedication, and commitment paid off and Eritrea was liberated.

During the 30 years of armed struggle for independence, Eritreans showed three pillars of steadfastness. Three exemplary qualities: determination to be free, perseverance to continue until the finishing line, and the commitment to pay the ultimate sacrifice to be free and independent.

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