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Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

For thousands of Eritreans, her radio program is their only lifeline, a glimmer of hope. Estifanos, a human rights activist, travels globally to speak before international and government institutions, seeking policy changes to end the ongoing nightmare of trafficking and torture of Eritrean refugees.

Estifanos said, "The whole international community is keeping a blind eye. The U.S. could stop this kidnapping and torture in a day if they wanted to. The U.S. is one of the biggest aid givers to Egypt, and they could make it one of their conditions."

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Hand Written Letter From Bakheta Idris

Alsalam Alikum we Rahmatualllah we barakato

Thanks and appreciation to the eritrean people in and out side eritrea for standing by us in our plight and for supporting us in my name and the name of the family and children of wedi Ali I repeat my thanks

Bakheta Idris
The wife of Saed Ali Hajea

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Azie Tesfai: FORTUNED CULTURE

Azie Tesfai is an Eritrean American philanthropic entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

While Azie was raised in Los Angeles, she traveled back to Africa to visit family that still lives in Eritrea and Ethiopia. In many ways, her multinational upbringing and heightened sense of awareness informed the decision to start Fortuned Culture.

Being from a third world country, Azie hopes to highlight the positive and negative realities of peoples that are otherwise wrongly represented. It is her vision to use Fortuned Culture's jewelry pieces as a representation of those realities, with a focus on featuring rich cultural backgrounds, creating happiness, inspiring hope and provoking change.

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Extraordinary Eritreans: Tsedal Yohannes' fight to free her family from an indefinite sentence without trial by the Eritrean govenment


Indefinite imprisonment takes an emotional toll on the families of prisoners. Tsedal Yohannes, Aster's sister, knows this strain all to well.

Tsedal, who lives in this seemingly ordinary terraced house in Walthamstow, North East London with two of her three sons, has an extraordinary story.

I’m here to find out how Tsedal copes with her sister and brother-in-law’s imprisonment and what she's doing to keep up the pressure on Afewerki’s regime.

Her fondest memory of Aster and Petros was when they celebrated the birthday of Aster's oldest son with a family trip to the beach.

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Eritrea: Extraordinary Eritreans - a Support Centre for Eritreans in Israel

Sultan’s success is to understand precisely what her community needs. The centre also provides day-care services for young children to allow their mothers time to work, and will soon implement a program to tackle domestic abuse and prostitution among Eritrean women.

“When I see other women who are abused, in addition to the stress they have from the policies here and the general situation, with others suffering just inside their houses, it hurts me a lot. So I feel responsible. I have to do something if I can help these women,” she says.

Despite providing a lifeline for Eritrean women in Israel, the centre is constantly threatened with closure as it strives from month to month to find funding from private Eritrean donors living abroad.

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The White House recognized Haben Girma as a Champion of Change on February 26, 2013.

Haben Girma is being honored as a Champion of Change for her efforts in Educational Excellence for African Americans.

The White House Champions of Change Program honors ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things, and this week’s Champions have taken extraordinary strides for America’s students. Haben and nine other Champions discussed important changes in education that would help students across the country. The event took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in The White House. In addition to friends and family, the events’ audience comprised of U.S. Dept. of Education officials, including Secretary Arne Duncan, and White House officials. During her segment of the program, Haben stressed the importance of high quality teachers for students with disabilities, the invaluable support of state deafblind projects, and the need for schools to consider accessibility when investing in emerging technologies.

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Sister Azezet Kidane has received the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Heroes Award.

On June 19, 2012, Sister Azezet Kidane, originally from Eritrea, a Comboni sister living in Jerusalem, received the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Heroes Award. Sister Azezet was recognized for her extraordinary contribution in exposing and leading, together with Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, a campaign aimed at raising awareness worldwide of the systematic trafficking, kidnapping, and torture of refugees in the Sinai Desert prior to their entry into Israel. The granting of the award coincided with the annual release of the State Department’s annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report.

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Voices of Courage Honoree Rim Tekie Solomon

Several months ago, Rozen Sigal of Hotline for Migrants (an ICER affiliate) received by e-mail a notice, calling for nominees to the "Voices of Courage" prize, granted by the Women's Refugee Commission. Reading the notice, she immediately thought about Rim Tekie. Rim now 20 years old was a prisoner at Saharonim prison when she was barely 16 years old. Because she spoke fluent Tigrinya, Arabic and English she worked without pay as translator for the prison Administrative Tribunal.

Despite her young age, Rim had to translate to the Administrative Tribunal judges. She had to spend long hours every day translating the stories of the Eritrean and Sudanese women who were regularly tortured and persecuted in their country of origin, and often raped in the desert by smugglers. When asked about her pro-bono translation work she simply replied “ it as a privilege to be able assist her fellow women refugees”.

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White House Honors Nunu Kidane, PAN Director

White House Highlights Nunu Kidane as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 30th, the White House will honor Nunu Kidane as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa. These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the country, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.

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Journalist Meron Estefanos received Isaak Prize of National Press Club's Western Circuit

Journalist Meron Estefanos received during Monday evening Isaak Prize of National Press Club's western circuit. With its radio broadcasts that reach all the way to Eritrea, she gives voice to the silenced and imprisoned journalist Dawit Isaak.

National Press Club's West Circuit has since 2007 annually awarded a special Isaak Award to individuals or organizations involved in Dawit Isaak's spirit of freedom of expression, press freedom and democratic rights and freedoms.

This year's winner is debater, human rights activist and journalist Meron Estefanos which is host of the radio station Voice of Delina Maselna. The programs are made ​​in Tigrinya, sent from Stockholm and reach Eritrea via shortwave.

 

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Asmarino Fundraising! Simply because there is so much more to be done!

Asmarino is one of the earliest and pioneering websites that has been providing media service to Eritreans at home and in Diaspora for the last 15 years.

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