May 22, 2013
Canada Must Protect Eritrean-Canadians
The Eritrean-Canadian community is deeply saddened by a consistent pattern of mediaattacks in clear disregard of the proud history of a vibrant African community in Canada. As several media outlets continue to report about Eritrean-Canadians without consultingthe communities that represent them, it has resulted in a growing discontent amongEritrean-Canadians. The media outlets also appear to be disinterested in hearing theviews of the majority of Eritrean-Canadians who are law abiding and hard-workingpeople that have contributed in making Canada the mosaic of cultures that it is.CECCO would like to take this opportunity to address the fact that none of the membersof our coalition have ever been approached by the media or the Federal Government or its agencies to determine if our community in Canada has ever been a victim of the
serious allegations of “extortion” by the Eritrean Consulate.
Our communities haveexisted for several years and some for decades in service to the community and shouldbe the reference point for understanding the Eritrean-Canadian community in Canada.
We fear that the media’s tone and lack of due diligence is seri
ously distorting the pictureof our community in Canada. For example, the National Post ran a story on November 05, 2011 titled
Eritrea raising money in Canada, financing terrorists toattack
this is a serious and dangerous misrepresentation of our communityand works to paint a picture that Eritrean-Canadians sympathize with, or are supportiveof, terrorists - this could not be further from the truth.Given the fact that our communities have never been consulted, it appears that themedia is intentionally ignoring the voices of the majority of Eritrean-Canadians who mayhave a different story to tell.