Stockholm– A leading Eritrean human rights activist is imploring the Eritrean government to introduce mandatory swimming lessons into the nation’s curricula to quell the deaths of Eritreans just ahead of the upcoming low-tide season in the Mediterranean.
Meron Estefanos, an Eritrea-Swedish activist has told the AwazeTribune that she’s been trying to reach to Eritrean government officials and lobbying for swimming and survival tactics to be introduced and taught in Eritrean schools.
Ms. Estefanos said that she came up with the life-saving scheme after many discussions with survivors from sinking boats.
” According to the stats that were gathered through many years, we’ve come to understand that people who know how to swim have a relatively higher probability of staying alive if a boat capsizes in the sea, ergo my call. ” Ms. Estefanos elaborated.
Ms. Estefanos’s scheme of saving lives is being met with high enthusiasm from the Eritrean government as well as its supporters active in social media.
Ambassador to Twitter and Minister of Information, His Excellency, Mr. Yemane G Meskel, who has expressed his happiness at the Ms. Estefanos’s proposal via Twitter.
As of few days ago, the hashtag #NhambisTray (Let’s just swim) is trending in Eritrea and with Eritreans and has almost replaced the popular hashtag of #NkidTray.
Minister Yemane has expressed his support of the proposal and promised that he’ll personally attempt to convince the President of the State of Eritrea, His Excellency, Isaias Afwerki that of the importance of the proposal, though the final decision lies with the president as some of the classes might have to be taught in Adi Halo dam, which is considered President Isaias Afwerki’s personal pool in Eritrea.
Other vocal critics of Ms. Estefanos in Social media are also expressing their support of Ms. Estefanos’s idea of saving lives via twitter.
Observers close to Eritrea are opining that Ms. Estefanos’s proposal to save lives is being supported by the Eritrean government as the government expects Eritreans residing in the Diaspora to fill government coffers with the annual 2% tax and many Eritreans start paying once they get to Europe.