A major goal of Justice for Humanity is supporting people who are suffering under persecution and injustice. Since 2011, JFH has distributed thousands of dollars in aid funds to help families in Eritrea who are struggling because one or more family members has been imprisoned for their religious beliefs.
Although the problem of persecution is larger than just one region, we have to start somewhere, and Eritrea is very dear to our hearts because it’s the country where our founder and chairman Zerihun Sium worked and lived for many years. We have firsthand knowledge about the many hardships and injustices the people of Eritrea are facing, and yet most of the world is oblivious to their plight because of the strict media bans and travel restrictions that have been put in place by its totalitarian government. In fact, Eritrea was recently ranked as the most oppressive government in the world by the Reporters Without Borders 2016 World Press Freedom Index, getting worse marks than all the other regimes people think of when they think about oppressive government such as North Korea, Syria, China, Iran and Cuba.
In addition to supporting persecuted families in Eritrea, JFH also funds humanitarian aid projects in many other surrounding areas such as Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti. However despite that, supplying direct monetary aid in these regions is not our #1 goal. Instead, it’s a tool than can sometimes temporarily address critical needs while JFH works towards finding sustainable, long-term solutions in cooperation with political and community leaders.