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The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond

The report, by Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos and Prof. Conny Rijken, focuses on the trafficking of refugees from the Horn of Africa who are targeted by criminal networks for extortion and exploitation. The report looks at the experiences of the refugees who have fled their countries looking for safety and security.



Letters from Eritrea; Refugee Women tell their Story

This booklet relays testimonies of Eritrean women which reflect grave violations in their country and beyond. The stories of nine women tell great risks they are exposed to and their experiences with traffickers who dehumanize them in every possible way.

ABOUT SIHA The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a network of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Uganda. SIHA was established in 1995 by a coalition of women’s groups, with the view of strengthening the capacities of women’s rights organizations and addressing violence against women (VAW) in the Horn of Africa. A mandate that still strongly informs the operations of SIHA throughout the region. Since 1995, we have grown substantially and are now comprised of over 70 member organizations, with Focal Points working out of each of our core countries in the Horn.



Book Review: "Massacre at Wekidiba", the Tragic Story of a village in Eritrea

I am glad the professor has written this important book.  Wekidiba is but one of many massacres of innocent civilians that were committed by Ethiopian government troops in Eritrea in the years of the independence struggle, 1961-1991. The others, Ona-Besik Dira, She'b, the city of Asmera itself, etc. have not been told yet.  I also think it is timely, not only because there is a dearth of literature on the subject, but also because it is important to remind those who, quite unashamedly, are trying to tell us to forget the atrocities that were committed by two successive Ethiopian governments.  (These are not only Ethiopians such as Zewdie Reta, but also Eritreans). There is a resurgence of revisionist history these days by those who have no qualms pointing a finger at the atrocities that have been committed by Eritreans against other Eritreans during the armed struggle, but try to justify, on that account, their revisionist notions of history of Eritrea and Ethiopia.  According to them, we should never have, as a people, risen against Ethiopia to begin with. They tell us bluntly that the Ghedli or struggle for self-determination was unnecessary. ...



People traffickers stalk Eritreans in Sudan desert

Shagarab Refugee Camp, SUDAN — Moving at night through the cold, flat desert, armed people smugglers are exploiting, abducting and sometimes killing Eritreans fleeing their authoritarian homeland, the UN and refugees say.

"People catch us, sell us like a goat," one Eritrean asylum-seeker said of the human traffickers.

Like others who have reached this wind-blown collection of shelters inside the Sudanese border, he accused the local Rashaida tribe of involvement in the people trade, which the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is hoping to counter through a $2-million effort to support local police and improve camp security.



Armed Struggle and Better Future: Dubious Connection

At this stage, the reviewer is tempted to ask as to why the Eritrean intellectuals manifestly failed to scrutinize the democratic content of their organization, namely the EPLF?  Kibreab provides extremely revealing insights based on his extensive interviews (conducted from 1992 to 2002) on the political behavior of the government and on the general views of the Eritrean people of all walks of life. Not only does the Eritrean government believe in the righteousness of its monopoly of knowledge, but many of its supporters in all walks of life concede the government such a right. ... . Kibreab writes that, “most of them genuinely believe that they have unrivalled knowledge of Eritrean culture and history, as well as all the solutions to the problems faced by the communities. ..."


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