In contrast, the behavior of refugees from Eritrea in a restaurant in the shanty district of Tel-Aviv, as witnessed by a reporter from PBS recently, is incomprehensible. Over a loud blast from a stereo playing the national anthem of Eritrea, the journalist had to strain himself to listen to the conversation.4 What we observe is a clear example of dissonance.
The nation-state of Eritrea and the national anthem are mainly the projects of the abuser regime they fled from; they were inherited neither from another generation nor from a different regime in the distant past. Yet, the victims are reluctant to renounce it. Although this behavior appears anecdotal, it strongly represents the attitude of the diaspora from Eritrea, including the elite opposition, whose mantra has always been, “Do not throw the child with the wash water”. What they seem to forget is that we have a monster child and dirty water at the same time.