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Alewuna
Written by Abdu Habib and Woldegebriel Hago Tue - 10 Dec

The Unnoticed Unique Eritrean-Canadian Photojournalist

At a time we Eritreans are going through difficult times and sad news is by no means scarce, it is necessary and national obligation to appreciate and highlight any good news and achievements, instead of turning a blind eye to national assets and their extraordinary performance. In November 2013 an aspiring, bright, energetic and very positive Eritrean artist got recognized and received an award of appreciation here in Toronto, Canada. Furthermore, in 2011 his photography was selected by City Guide Toronto and by Skill for Change Toronto, whereas in 2012 by International Toronto Jazz Festival for Exhibition.

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News
Written by Gianluca Mezzofiore Mon - 09 Dec

EXCLUSIVE: Eritrea's Football Coach Omer Ahmed and Eight Players Defect to Kenya During Cecafa Cup

"Our main concern is safety, that's why we are seeking UN protection," the player told IBTimes UK. "Once we are protected and safe, we can go to a democratic and safe country."

The men also fear backlash back at home, where they have left family and children.

"We are really scared and anything scares us at the moment. We want people to know and sympathise with us," he said.

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News Analysis
Written by Kjetil Tronvoll & Goitom Gebreluel Sun - 08 Dec

Ethiopia and Eritrea: Brothers at war no more

It is very possible that the EPRDF will hand over the symbolic town of Bademe to Eritrea - which was awarded to the latter by the EEBC - but it can only get away with such a move domestically by selling it as a necessary sacrifice for a comprehensive and durable peace. The fact that the individuals leading the current Ethiopian government did not take part in the decision-making processes of the border war and subsequent peace agreement means that they are less constrained by the commitments of their predecessors.

For President Afwerki, on the other hand, the stakes are much higher. In fact, resolving the stalemate is likely to create more challenges than benefits to his personal power base. ...

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Eritrea: Dispatches from Team Arbi Harnet Asmara: General Manjus and his blood drenched castle

In Eritrea crime pays, and in this case it paid the owner of this house handsomely. The family who live in this house in Asmara’s central district (Kebabi: Makel Ketema) at number near  Godena Sematat (Martyr’s Street) street number 1A 175/175-2/4  never know the pressures of electricity outages, their house is powered by generators that seem to supply endless power that illuminates their luxurious residence in the frequently dark Asmara nights.

They don’t seem to have any trouble in powering their exclusive cars (the son owns a dark blue Toyota Rav 4)  and younger members of the family don’t even seem to be bothered by the frequent giffas (raids) targeting other youngsters their age.

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Eritrea: Who is Brigader General Tekle Kiflay?

AKA: MANJUS

Date of birth: 1956

place of birth: Tseazega

Educational background 10th grade

Rank
Birgeder general

Salary 3700 Nkf (including allowance)

Hobby: Big time Gambler, drunkard, womanizer, contraband trader. AND NOW ACCUSED OF HUMAN TRAFFICING

Languages English understands but not fluent Arabic can communicate

Joined EPLF Late 1973

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News
Written by GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE Thu - 05 Dec

Manjus: Eritrean Kalashnikov Smuggler and Human Trafficking Mastermind

In October 2013, there were several reports of the abduction of 211 children from Sawa Military Camp, for whom a ransom of $10,000 was demanded per child.

Manjus' counterparts in Sudan are Mabrouk Mubarak Salim and Hamid Abdallah.

Abdallah, a wealthy Karthoum-based businessman, is described by the UN experts as an "asset for both the Sudanese and Eritrean intelligence services, who has kinship ties to border police monitoring the Sudan-Eritrea border".

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News
Written by Heidi Fortes Thu - 05 Dec

2013 IPFA WINNERS: DESSALE BEREKHET ABRAHAM, MEBRAHTU TECLESION BERHE AND RUTH ZECARIAS GHEBRE

The country’s current, and so far only, president, Isaias Afewerki was elected when Eritrea gained full independence in 1993. During his rule, the president has come under scrutiny for failing to implement democratic reforms, and in 2001 he During the 2001 shutdown of the private press, several journalists were rounded up and arbitrarily detained in state-run prisons. Seven of these journalists have reportedly died, either due to the appalling conditions or because they took their own lives. Another group of journalists was arrested and jailed in 2009, and four more were jailed in 2011. As of the beginning of 2013, there are about 30 journalists imprisoned in Eritrea.

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books
Written by eepa Thu - 05 Dec

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.

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News
Written by GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE : Thu - 05 Dec

Eritrean Officials 'Plotting with Gangs to Kidnap Thousands'

Tens of thousands of Eritreans have been kidnapped by the country's senior military officers and taken to Egypt's Sinai where they suffer torture and ransom demands, according to a report by human rights activists.

Between 2007 and 2012, some 25,000 to 30,000 migrants were trafficked by Eritrean and Sudanese security officers, who collude with Bedouin gangs, stated the report by Meron Estefanos, a Swedish human rights activist. Professor Mirjam van Reisen and Dr Conny Rijken of Tilburg University in the Netherlands also helped author the report.

The study, entitled The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond, was presented before the European Commission and estimates that at least $600m (£366m) has been extorted from families in ransom payments.

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News Analysis
Written by Aida Biedemariam Wed - 04 Dec

Welfare, justice and freedom of speech for Isayas followers

PFDJ/YPFDJ has shown their utmost contempt for their own people the 1st of December 2013. The average person would react with anger against the underlying issues for Eritrean losses of human life in just one day. This is not the first time, and will certainly not be the last time that a group of Eritreans die tragically in the escape from the regime. However it is the first televised loss that has been shared with the outside world. YPFDJ/PFDJ responded to this by inviting Isaias Afewerki´s representative to a meeting.

How this is legally possible in Sweden is to me a mystery. I would think that Sweden would bring to justice a dictator and his extended arms, for a crime I would call genocide, when he gets out of Office. How can you allow his representatives to even come to Sweden and have meetings in the midst of ongoing serious violations of human rights?

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News Analysis
Written by Martin Plaut Wed - 04 Dec

Eritrea's military is trafficking the nation's children, report says

Senior military officers kidnap and hold to ransom youngsters, and many are sold on to human traffickers, according to report ...

Basing their findings on interviews with 230 Eritreans who suffered this fate, the researchers conclude that between 2007 and 2012, some 25,000 to 30,000 people were trafficked. The report, by Meron Estefanos, a Swedish human rights activist, and Professor Mirjam van Reisen and Dr Conny Rijken of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, estimates that $600m has been extracted in this way.

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Press Release
Written by CSW Tue - 03 Dec

Eritrean diaspora petitions US government on human rights in Eritrea

Members of the Eritrean diaspora have drafted a petition to the US House and Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittees on African Affairs calling for greater attention to be paid to the continuing human rights crises in Eritrea.

The petition outlines a number of concerns, including violations of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, highlighting the case of Wehazit Berhane Debesai, a Christian woman who died of pneumonia in an unspecified prison in October 2013 after being denied medication following her refusal to renounce her faith. Forced labour and indefinite military conscription are also among the abuses outlined in the petition, along with the mass exodus of Eritrean youth, with the result that Eritrea is the largest refugee generating country on a capita basis.

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News
Written by Swiss Media Mon - 02 Dec

Shootings in Zurich after Eritrean Helen Meles Concert

Swiss News Media has reported that there was Shootings in Zurich after Eritrean Helen Meles Concert. It is believed that there were serious injuries.  We will provide more info as it becomes available.

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Press Release
Written by Meron Estefanos Mon - 02 Dec

Refugees at Shagarab Camp in Sudan complain about kidnappings by Eritrean Authorities

(Kassala 02-12-2013) An Eritrean man known as Major Hagos, was kidnapped from an area called Hayfa Jedida where he was working as a construction worker. The kidnapping is believed to have been orchestrated by Eritrean authorities using a car disguised as a private truck driven by Eritreans.

The problem of kidnappings is ignored by both Sudanese authorities of the refugee agencies in the area ...

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News
Written by expressen.se Mon - 02 Dec

Eritrea's defense minister in Sweden Meeting

Sebhat Ephrem's visit is not official and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not aware of it.

- We have no record of any official arrangement, says Sara Modin at the Foreign Ministry's press service and would not comment on UD have any comments on the defense minister are in the country unannounced.

Several police patrols are in place outside the building where the Defence Minister and the regime keeps faithful to. Outside stands a dozen exiled Eritreans and demonstrating. They have tried to get into the building to ask questions to Sebhat Efrem but they have been denied. State calmly

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News
Written by kawowo.com Sun - 01 Dec

Two Eritrea players vanish from camp

“The CECAFA senior challenge cup central organizing committee sitting at Nyayo Stadium has this Sunday morning been briefed of the mysterious disappearance of two Eritrean players from their camp here in Nairobi,” read part of the statement released by Cecafa.

The matter has since been handed to the relevant security agencies in Kenya that will handle the issues help from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

This is the fifth year in a row such incidents happening with players from the same country. A dozen Eritrean players disappeared from their residential hotel in Kampala last year.

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Eritrea: Defense Minster Sebhat Ephrem in Sweden

General Sebhat Efrem, the Defense Minister of Eritrea, has arrived in Sweden three days ago. The reason for his visit, be it official or private, is not known yet.

 

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Alewuna
Written by Luciana Manrique Sun - 01 Dec

MICHAEL ADONAI, A TREASURE FOR AUSTRALIAN ART

Many artists of the twentieth century were experimenting with ways to convey their feelings through art. Michael aims to reflect the African culture with a different view on the traditional way of looking at the world: through the soul of his people. He calls himself ‘obsessive admirer’ of the harmony of the Eritrean people also during difficult times. “In Asmara, we have 11 months with sunshine. Can you guess how gorgeous our environment is? Plenty of bright, colorful, warm and joyful!. We´ve got 9 ethnic groups living together. No religious problems in centuries even though there are Christians and Muslims. God gave a gift to this people: the unity.”

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Eritrea: Situation on the Ground Report Part 3 -General Gerezgheri “Wuchu” Andemariam

Major General Gerezgheri “Wuchu” Andemariam has passed away on Nov 23, 2013 at the Air Force Hospital. Asmarino had been getting information of his illness since late September. Last week on Nov 21st, he was taken to the Italian embassy in Asmara with the help of his gaurds and Yemane Gebreab(monkey). We will provide more information soon

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Eritrea: Situation on the Ground Report Part 2 - Rumors, secret meetings and possible scenarios

There have been continuous meetings among the top officials of defense, PFDJ and security. The following recognizable names have been mentioned as the ones who often disappear from the public or their homes to conduct these frequently held supposedly secret meetings:

Yemane Gebreab
General Sebhat Efrem
Major General Filipos Weldeyohanes
Hagos Kisha      
Yemane Gebremeskel
Brigader General Abraha Kassa
Major General Teclai Habteslassie
Minister Weldemichael Abraha

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Mail Services in Eritrea Stopped

Effective today November 22, 2013 all activities of mail services in Eritrea have stopped, for the simple reason that the country has stopped all flight connections with the outside world.

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Press Release
Written by HRCE Tue - 19 Nov

Report on Child Rights Violations in Eritrea

This report was originally presented as a briefing at an NGO side-event held by Human Rights Concern Eritrea at 866 UN Plaza, New York on 24 October 2013 -  “Eritrea: Voices of Victims – Stories of survivors and families of victims of Eritrea’s repressive regime”. The event, centring on testimonies in person by relatives of prominent long-term and “disappeared” prisoners of conscience, was co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Watch, and FIDH. It followed the presentation of a Report on Eritrea by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Eritrea delivered to the UN General Assembly (UN document A/HRC/23/53, 24 October 2013).

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Press Release
Written by US State Department Tue - 19 Nov

Eritrea: Travel Warning U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs


The U.S. Embassy in Asmara strongly urges U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Eritrea despite this Travel Warning to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so you can receive the most up-to-date security information. Please keep all of your information in STEP current. It is important when enrolling or updating information to include multiple phone numbers and email addresses to facilitate communication in the event of an emergency.

The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara is open for all U.S. citizen services between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or by appointment. The U.S. Embassy in Asmara is located at 179 Alaa Street, P.O. Box 211, Asmara; telephone 291-1-12-00-04, available 24 hours in case of emergency; fax 291-1-124-255 and 291-1-127-584.

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Eritrea: Situation on the Ground Report Part 1 - Missing President


It has been more than a month since Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, hasn’t been seen in public for more than a month. This is unusual for a man who has made his public appearance on the nation’s mass media almost a daily occurrence.

The last time the President was seen in Eritrean media was in Oct 11, 2013, when he received and held talks with the Council of Ministers of the Desert Locust Control Organization for East Africa (DLCO-EA), when the organization met in Asmara for its 58th regular meeting.

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Press Release
Written by African Think Tank Sun - 17 Nov

Saudi Arabia Needs to Take More Responsibility for Foreign Workers Human Right Abuse

The African Think Tank today called upon the government of Saudi Arabia to take more responsibility for the human right abuse of foreign workers particularly African, including Ethiopian, Somali, Eritrean, Sudanese, South East Asian Indian, Philippines etc. The current unabated human right abuse to Ethiopian; Eritrean, Sudanese and Somali’s workers is not acceptable in the street of the country has to stop immediately. “This is not something that the international community can stop, but can influence outcomes,” continued Dr. Ahmed. “This violence is deplorable”.

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Articles

Article
Written by Samuel N. Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea:The authorized version of events

Eritrea:The authorized version of events

The Eritrean government propaganda are so outrageous that even the hardcore government supporters have to tune-down government propaganda in an effort to make the claims seem less stupid.

Even critics often moderate many of the government’s claims just to make them reasonable enough to be critiqued (for the claims are silly beyond that possible to criticize).

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Article
Written by Tewelde Stephanos Sun - 20 Apr

Unfiltered Notes: Justice Seeker’s Pledge – ‘be nice to other justice seekers’

Unfiltered Notes: Justice Seeker’s Pledge – ‘be nice to other justice seekers’

Such opposite views are prevalent in today’s Eritrea. For those focusing on negatives (camp A), partial truths are exaggerated to conclude Eritrea’s independence was a mistake. For camp A Eritrea was dead on arrival. It is a helpless (I can’t do anything) and hopeless (it can’t be done) mindset that simply stands by waiting for an “I told you so” moment.

The things camp A lists to reach its pessimistic conclusions may well be true. But it is definitely not the whole truth because Eritrea is more than its highland component. Ignoring Eritrea is more than its Muslim component, there is also camp A’s other half that wants to Arabize Eritrea. Fortunately, these two faces of camp A, although very vocal, are not representative of their respective communities. And that is why I still believe there is hope for Eritrea.

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Article
Written by Asihel Betsuamlak Thu - 10 Apr

People Centered Bottom-Up Approach of Uniting: Eritrean Democratic and Civic Resistance

People Centered Bottom-Up Approach of Uniting:  Eritrean Democratic and Civic Resistance

Top-down attempts of unity and alliances were undergoing for the last decade and half with little or no results. Politico-military culture, fragmentation and top-down approaches have been hindering the resistance from achieving the desired unity for democratic change.   Using people centered, citizen owned and civic driven effective bottom-up approach of uniting and organizing Eritrean democratic and civic resistance is urgently needed. The bottom-up approach with its civic and democratic tenets and practices will help transform the outdated politico-military culture into civic and democratic culture by building civic capacity of Eritrean citizens and their institutions.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Wed - 09 Apr

Voices of Justice: Part 2

Voices of Justice: Part 2

Dr Sarah has explained the difficulties of researching in Eritrea. She said the University lacked an academic environment where research can be done freely.   She summarised her presentation as follows,   “Western writers and scholars failed to see the undemocratic culture of the Fronts. Eritrean Elites were blinded by nationalism and did not consider what post EPLF Eritrea will be.  Research is highly controlled by the Government especially if it is policy related to development and welfare.  Data is inaccessible in most cases.  Some scholars who support the Government externalize Eritrean problems and claim Ethiopia poses existential threat. ....

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Article
Written by Bereket Alazar Mon - 07 Apr

Emptying of a Nation

Emptying of a Nation

A nation is being literally killed without bullets fired - mass execution of the third kind. I am not being an alarmist: the facts at hand clearly are cataclysmic. When a nation with one of the smallest populations in Africa ends generating more boat people in the Mediterranean than a war ravaged and totally destroyed Syria with a much larger population, then one needs to sit down and ask the question, “What gives?” ... So you tell me my Eritrean folk, shouldn't we be all alarmed? Are we all Ok while watching Eritrea’s “painless” death? Or am I just fear mongering.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Fri - 04 Apr

Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

Asmara Expo 69: the Lost Age of Industrialization in Eritrea

The Eritrean armed struggle squandered the chance for economic take-off that Walter Rostow wrote so much about in the middle of the last century – an opportunity for industrialization that other nations such as South Korea, Singapore and Thailand used. Having missed the industrialization period during its ghedli sojourn, leaving itself with obsolete technology and uncompetitive products, it had to force itself into Ethiopia’s economy using the means of pressure and contraband, forgetting that they were fiercely opposed to the symbiotic relationship with the same entity in the past.

(Picture: Barattelo double-decked buses transporting workers in Asmara)

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Article
Written by Dr. Tadios Tesfu Wed - 02 Apr

A prelude of a quantum leap in Eritrean politics

A prelude of a quantum leap in Eritrean politics

By now, maybe you are expecting to read an April fool. Not at all, the Eritrean politics and quantum mechanics have common denominator. In both cases, the problems to be treated are very small but the frameworks of their solutions are sophisticated mathematics, due to their incompatible property concerning the classical natural law. Sometimes they function, but for sure, nobody understands why and how they function. The last but not the least, they function by chance. ...

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Article
Written by A Tesfamariam Mon - 31 Mar

Counting Eritrea’s Losses and the Immediate Challenges

Counting Eritrea’s Losses and the Immediate Challenges

The primary challenge that is faced by the Eritrean people is how to bring about the required regime change. While the actual change will come by the popular uprising from inside there is need for input from Eritreans in Diaspora. There is need for organized grass roots movement in communities in Diaspora. The UNITY of all the opposition forces outside the country is very essential to effectively support the forces of change inside the country. The outside force has the resources and the higher magnitude of communication skills that is required by the forces inside country. It has also the higher ability of mobilizing support from the International community. ...

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Article
Written by Yosief Ghebrehiwet Mon - 24 Mar

The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way

The Eritrean Oblomov: Loving Asmara the Superfluous Way

Here is a fact that the nationalists would undoubtedly have a hard time to swallow: the Golden Age of Asmara happens to be neither in the Italian era nor in the Independence era; those golden years happen to fall exactly on the reign of Haile Selassie, starting to build up in the 50s to reach its apex in the 60s, only to abruptly end in the early 70s when ghedli showed up at the doorsteps of Asmara in full force. What then explains this riddle, since it doesn’t fit at all with the narrative that the nationalists have been telling the masses? This question has special relevance because the ghedli generation’s concept of modernity was entirely shaped from the impressions that this colonial city had left on them. In fact, it was with the saving of “Asmara civilization” in their mind that they went through hell for 50 years. ...

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Article
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 19 Mar

R is for reform and R is for reality too…

R is for reform and R is for reality too…

Is positive change from within still possible in Eritrea?

…Yes it is and it might be the only viable way forward in Eritrea… there are one or two pragmatic up there in the inner circle…in Eritrea – people who do recognise that Eritrea is better off without the dictator, but they also know opposing the dictator can prove to be too costly (they have seen far too many purges)  and are hence looking for a way out… an easy way out to get rid of the dictator… if anyone can bring about any viable reform that would provide us some form of a launching pad to make things in Eritrea right again it can only be under the auspices of some pragmatic official… whether we like it or otherwise (and I am very much otherwise!)… such is the trouble with reality…

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Article
Written by Tariku Debrtesion Sat - 15 Mar

The Ethiopia Eritrea No War No Peace Situation has to End

The Ethiopia Eritrea No War No Peace Situation has to End

The Horn of Africa is the most conflict ridden region in the world. The people and the land are devastated by endless wars. The de facto no war no peace policy that has persisted between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the last 13 years affects the lives of millions in both countries and the stability of the whole region. Bringing this conflict to a peaceful resolution is of paramount importance.

The devastating 1998 - 2000 war between Ethiopia and Eritrea cost billions of dollars in infrastructure damage, missed investment opportunities and lost aid, claimed about 100,000 lives, and dislocated millions  of people. Instead of the end of the war bringing peace, for the last fourteen years the policy of both countries has been “no war no peace.”  As bad as open war is, an endless no war no peace situation is insufferable.

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Article
Written by Samuel N. Fri - 14 Mar

Globalization, Imitation and Eritrean Refugees

Globalization, Imitation and Eritrean Refugees

My overall impression of this paper is that I am disappointed. Almost every significant statement is followed by a sentence that ‘moderate’ it to a point that the statement loses its punch-line. The paper then takes off without notice of the challenge it has just presented to its statement.

In fact, after reading the first half of the paper, I had a strong suspicion that the manuscript has been edited to barely meet the requirement of the reviewers. If my suspicion is right then the first half of the paper is a battle ground between the author and the reviewers, where the author dodges the reviewers’ assault left and right.

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Article
Written by Petros Tesfagherghis Wed - 12 Mar

Voices of Justice

Voices of Justice

I would like to express my thanks to the organisers Justice Africa, African Studies and the University of London for organising “Talking Eritrea”.  A series of events at the University of London- School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

The people of Eritrea are honoured by these extraordinary and well organised events.  Having a Government that has subjected the people of Eritrea to gross human rights violations and is mobilising some Diaspora supporters to defend its inhuman actions and intimidate all those who advocate for justice I thought our African brothers in the United Kingdom particularly Justice Africa have abandoned the people of Eritrea.

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Article
Written by Araya Debessay Mon - 10 Mar

The Role of Eritrean Scholars: the Duty to be Unbiased

The Role of Eritrean Scholars: the Duty to be Unbiased

I believe the Eritrean people expect Eritrean scholars to objectively and critically assess the ills of the nation and offer bold and constructive suggestions for the good of their country and the Eritrean people.  Eritrean scholars should assume this responsibility as their national duty and indeed as their obligation.

I also believe Eritrean scholars should not give a deaf ear and a blind eye to the suffering of their people. They should have the moral courage and intellectual integrity to speak on behalf of the voiceless and the oppressed.

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Article
Written by Zekre Lebona Sat - 08 Mar

An Eritrean Story: A Late Apology to a Spinster Sister

An Eritrean Story: A Late Apology to a Spinster Sister

Imagine a canvass of a family gathered together in the typical small rooms in Asmera or other small towns soon after the independence of Eritrea. The family and the neighbors are serenading the surviving male fighters and the occasional guerrilla sister, both completely indifferent to their sister who “chose” to remain a spinster throughout the ghedli era. ...

In the crowd, almost everybody remembers and talks about the “martyrs” who fell in the war, but none of her prodigal siblings offer an apology for her sacrificed womb, which she has keened for untold years. None of her prodigal siblings offered their appreciation for the long and difficult years of care she bestowed on their already dead or aging parents with little means of the war economy. ...

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Wed - 23 Apr

Eritrea - there you are

Eritrea - there you are

We are standing still; on our own

and there you are; so close

yet; so far away

farewell; to a journey in the unknown

 

The time has come

as it always does; for no one

but for us to join; in peace

in loving memory

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Thu - 17 Apr

Serious People - II

Serious People - II

Well, He seems to

have decided to let hurricanes blow

new winds to penetrate

new routes, new waves

hailstorms hit pavements

the seas grow hot

and volcanoes boil

their sweat is carried

to the Red Sea home.

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 02 Apr

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

Ode to Yohanna’s Baby

In

The small cramped quarters

A lone light bulb dangling above

A baby was born

Her bright intelligent eyes wide open

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Sun - 16 Mar

Figure Out

Figure Out

So self-righteous she was
She put everything right; in the wrong way

So obsessed with truth; he was
He had nothing left to say

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Writers Corner
Written by Ararat Iyob Wed - 12 Mar

Serious People - I

Serious People - I

Along the river Nile, I met the Flame Tree

its long limbs stretching to the sky

the blue hues along with clouds

became the canvas for its drawing

 

Its red-hot flames poked out from the greens

yellow flicker of burning sunshine

telling me that fire burns otherwise

soft petals glowing with color

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 10 Mar

Shadow

Shadow

broadcasting so heavy a shadow

a shield standing in front

light outcast

in the wild

 

a hunter

in the dark

light years away

a body mass of no weight

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 04 Feb

Passage

Passage

 

she hands her child

to a woman sitting beside

raise her as your own; she begs

soon after she saw the men; hands-on machetes

 

she became a statistic; number game ...

a faceless victim; a dead torch among many

... a warning

for a genocide in the making

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Sat - 01 Feb

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

 

That September we both left Eritrea

Seventeen hours later you were here

I was shot at on the border

Was sold, bought and resold

The map of that trip is scored on my back

Do you want to see? No I didn’t think you would

My best friend was maimed

The other one died in a cell

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Writers Corner
Written by Gabriel Guangul Mon - 13 Jan

Twilight

Twilight

Gravitating to unregistered awareness
In fractured identities
In sleeping sickness
In morbid madness

Rising with eyes frozen; dead blank
Lifeless; zombie-like
Despite all signs of life; yet unborn
Just swimming; in the womb of the twilight zone

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Writers Corner
Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 08 Jan

Refugee Go Home

Refugee Go Home

Like the River that passes through
I have no place to call my own
I stop where life wills ...
To let them take what they want ...
And dump what they willl ...
... Then on I will linger ...
Changing names along the way

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Writers Corner
Written by Samuel NA Thu - 19 Dec

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

The Ten Commandments, PFDJ Style

V. Honor your appointed officials, that your days may be peaceful in the land.

VI. You shall not murder. Aim shots below the knee.

VII. You shall not commit adultery. Lest you compete with your colonels and officials.

VIII. You shall not steal. The land and its fruits are consecrated to government.

IX. You shall not bear false witness. Why prolong your torture.

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Writers Corner
Written by Walta Kiflezghi Tue - 17 Dec

Despair

Despair

Full circle once again

it's a depletion of life sources

Dead wrapped in seaweed

instead of a casket with roses

Abandoned in the desert sand

ripped of dignity and organs

Do you hear the cries

of the motherless children?

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Written by Julie Wed - 11 Dec

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony for Aster

I send my angels to comfort Aster and my prayers for her freedom. I wear a bracelet that I made in her honor. As I take it off at night, and put it back on each morning, I send her my love. I know that one day we will again sit together on a beautiful outdoor patio and share our hearts over a cup of coffee. And when we get to the third round, the blessing round, we will pause and be grateful for the blessing of true friendship.

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Written by Gabriel Guangul Tue - 29 Oct

Gravity Unloaded

Gravity Unloaded

Stepping on thorns of sand
Breathless; for songs yet unsung
Ballads of untold sorrow; so bad
For that cursed land

Crippled memories rose; burning
For lives still floating
For the drowned and the freezing
With hearts broken; still bleeding

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Written by Selam Kidane Wed - 16 Oct

The Return Flight

The Return Flight

The Return Flight

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