Irrob.org would like to congratulate the journalists of the ኢሮብ ዋረ’ (Irob TV Program) for their professional skills of television news broadcasting in the Saho language on a weekly basis under the sponsorship of the Tigrai Mass Media. However, here at Irrob.org, we would like to offer some constructive criticism for the benefit of our Irob people of the Irob/Erob Woreda: First, the frequency of the program is a not adequate for one ethnic minority group, such as the Irob. Therefore, we would like to suggest that Irob Tv broadcasting program to increase from just once a week to at least bi-weekly or more. Secondly, less than or just a half-an-hour program per week is Not sufficient; so we would like to see the program in Saho should increased, at least, to 45-60 minutes! Thirdly, Irob Tv News Broadcasting Program should consider broadcasting in Tigrinya and Amharic weekly or at least once or twice a month on the issues affecting the Erob Woreda.
Otherwise, it appears to us that Irob people’s socio-economic needs and other related issues affecting the dwellers of the Woreda/District are NOT reaching the fellow citizens of Ethiopia or the regional state of Tigray who do not understand the Saho language. We have been closely following from abroad on all issues related to or affecting the Erob Woreda/District… but we could not find any news or reports on the Irob people and their woreda (district) in the Tigrinya or Amahric or English languages either by the EBC or the Tigrai Media. Unless, all Ethiopians and the international communities know the chronic poverty problems, the socio-economic, and the geopolitical issues affecting our people of the woreda/district, the Irob people will continue to remain in isolation with their poverty neglected as always! The Woreda’s people serious concern about the territorial-integrity of their woreda (as part of Tigray State and the Federal Ethiopia) should be reported in all main languages, so that all Ethiopians and international communities are well aware of and well informed!
We believe that the Erob Woreda/District being one of the poorest woredas/districts in Ethiopia, it needs extra national and regional governments’ economic and developmental attention: Because, due to the recurring drought problem, shortage of potable-water, the lack of adequate and fertile-arable-lands, the Irob people are unable to produce sufficient food supplies in their woreda for their economic sustenance. Thus, the people of the Erob Woreda need national and international economic and developmental aid in order to overcome and get out of that persistent poverty problem! And the Mass Media of the country should have major roles in informing and exposing the dire situations of the Woreda’s people in different languages… Otherwise, the linguistically-isolated Erob Woreda will never be able to solve its socio-economic and poverty problems on its own if the news has to be reported only in the Saho language!