Zedingle Ghebremusse

Edmonton’s Eritrean community worries other refugees being ignored

Zedingle Ghebremusse of the Edmonton Eritrean Association said he applauds Canadian efforts to help Syrian refugees. But he worries Eritreans risk being ignored as a result.

“Eritreans are abandoned,” said Ghebremusse. “Some of their files are over five years old.”

He said he knows of people who filed their paperwork in 2009 and 2010.

“Some have arrived but others haven’t heard yet, so they’re not giving them enough attention,” he said.

“I feel frustration and I feel a lot of frustration from community members. Many Eritreans are dying crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean.”