Financial support to families of martyrs

A total of 4.3 billion Nakfa has been expended to the families of the martyrs in the last 14 years, Mr. Zerai Tekleab, the director of the Welfare branch in the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare indicated.

Asmara, 19 June 2017 - A total of 4.3 billion Nakfa has been expended to the families of the martyrs in the last 14 years, Mr. Zerai Tekleab, the director of the Welfare branch in the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare indicated.

Mr. Zerai stated that in line with proclamation 137/2003 the families of martyrs are provided with financial support 4 times in a year in 1-5 permanent centers in every region and a total of 37 mobile sites.

Documents of the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare indicate that according to the program that started in 2004, government makes an expenditure of 350 million Nakfa annually to assist martyrs' families and that 85 thousand families have become beneficiaries of the program.

Apart from the regular financial support, vocational trainings are also provided to the families of the martyrs and that beneficiaries are offered with material support to help them start businesses and that encouraging outcome have been registered, Mr. Zerai underscored.

Pointing out that assisting the families of martyrs is one of the values of the Eritrean people, Mr. Zerai stated that in addition to the support provided by the Government, Eritreans inside the country and abroad have been extending financial support and that they have contributed over 1.2 million Nakfa to augment martyrs’ trust fund.