Ethiopian and Eritrean nationals questioned Abiy’s Nobel
Ethiopians living at the Ethio-Eritrean border and Eritrean refugees sheltered in Ethiopia told AFP that they did not experience the peace practically on the ground.
According to AFP, they mentioned the situation as peace which is stuck between earth and sky.
‘What is the point of the peace deal if there is no free movement from both sides?’ Asked, Zaid Aregawi, in her interview with AFP.
“They say there is peace, however, we have got big problems along the border. The main reason Abiy was awarded his Nobel has yet to be realized,” Zaid accentuated.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Yahya Abdi, an Eritrean refugee who, as to AFP, has lived in Ethiopia since the war, for his part expressed that when Abiy went to Eritrea, he flew to Asmara, nevertheless, he did not implement peace at the border between the two nations.
"We can say that peace is stuck between the earth and the sky," said Ahmed Yahya Abdi.
It has permitted some Ethiopians to cross for weddings and funerals in Eritrea with little harassment from the security forces.
Moreover, AFP mentioned Sebhatleab Abraha, another refugee who crossed into Ethiopia a few weeks ago to have said that he, as a human being does not accept the Nobel prize.
"As a human being, I don't accept this Nobel prize," he said, adding "We don't see the peace Abiy and Isaias are said to have brought."
Another source interviewed by AFP, Yosef Misgina, an official in the town of Dawhan, on the other hand, said that he receives regular reports of Ethiopians being detained, jailed and beaten in Eritrea -- often after they are caught transporting construction materials and other goods.
As to him, 13 of whom were 13 traders who were taken into custody just days before Abiy won the Nobel, two of whom remain behind bars.
While the main crossings were opened shortly after the peace deal was signed, they have all since been closed, with no word on when they might reopen, Yosef restated.
"Now we are asking that peace be institutionalized," He said, adding, "If it is institutionalized it cannot be disrupted by individuals."
As to AFP, the United Nations indicated that Eritrean refugees are still crossing into Ethiopia in hundreds each day.
In relation to the agenda at hand, AFP expressed that true peace along the border is likely to remain out of reach.