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Remembering the day the Eritrean press died

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Remembering the day the Eritrean press died

Eritrea’s transformation into a police state started with a ban on independent media 16 years ago today. By demolishing the independent media, ceaselessly recycling tired propaganda, and introducing pervasive censorship, Afwerki has created a grim state, writes Zere [Reuters] by Abraham T Zere Abraham T Zere is the executive director of PEN Eritrea in exile. […]

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The U.S. wants to deport more Eritreans. Here’s what would happen if they were forced to return.

By   /  August 29, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on The U.S. wants to deport more Eritreans. Here’s what would happen if they were forced to return.

NAIROBI — The United States is threatening to apply visa sanctions on Eritrea, one of the world’s most repressive countries, as leverage to force Eritrean authorities to accept its citizens who could be deported from America. “Our goal is to get countries to agree to accept the return of their nationals,” David Lapan, a Department […]

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Despite some humanitarian progress in Eritrea, UN relief official urges continued aid to tackle hunger

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Despite some humanitarian progress in Eritrea, UN relief official urges continued aid to tackle hunger

John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefs the press at the United Nations in New York. 13 July 2017 – The humanitarian situation in Eritrea – which is quite isolated and off the media radars – is “on a positive trajectory” but international donors […]

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The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? Ross Kemp

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? Ross Kemp

It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Many more see their European dream turn into a nightmare long before they’re corralled on to flimsy rubber dinghies on Libya’s beaches. They’re […]

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Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

In a recent interview with Voice of America, Abdi Hassan Hussein, the former director of intelligence in Puntland, Somalia, said that several recent piracy events along the coast of Somalia were made possible by Yemeni investors. He said the Yemeni criminal investors are taking advantage of the chaos in their own country to provide financing […]

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Eritrean regime trades its own nationals in a billion-dollar trafficking business

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Eritrean regime trades its own nationals in a billion-dollar trafficking business

Published 09 March 2017 The human trafficking of Eritrean refugees is a booming business, where money is made with smuggling people, but also using violence, hostage situations and even torture. Modern communication methods like money transfer via mobile phones play a vital role in this, conclude professor Mirjam van Reisen (Leiden University) and professor Munyaradzi […]

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‘One day, I hope, I will go’: How Trump’s ban hit an Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on ‘One day, I hope, I will go’: How Trump’s ban hit an Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia

I saw the impact of Trump’s travel ban from an Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia where some people have been waiting for resettlement for years Migration policies may seem abstract, and when combined with representing migrants and refugees as merely numbers, they blur the human dimension of displacement. When I saw him a few weeks […]

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Face to face with the Eritrean exodus into Ethiopia

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Face to face with the Eritrean exodus into Ethiopia

James Jeffrey INDA SELASSIE/ETHIOPIA, 16 March 2017 Under the early morning sun in the most northern region of Ethiopia a motley group of Eritrean men, women and children arrive dusty and tired at the end of a journey – and at the start of another. After crossing the border under cover of darkness (leaving Eritrea […]

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Fleeing for freedom, Eritrean refugees are being abandoned by Europe

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  English, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Fleeing for freedom, Eritrean refugees are being abandoned by Europe

By John R Campbell Reader in the Anthropology of Africa and Law, SOAS, University of London Regardless of international concerns, Eritrea continues to pursue a policy of indefinite military conscription that compels the young and the old to serve their country while paying them a pittance. Eritreans are continuing to leave in large numbers to find […]

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Journeys on hold: Why Eritreans leave?

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Editorial, Perspective  /  Comments Off on Journeys on hold: Why Eritreans leave?

In a small classroom in the Adi Harush refugee camp in northern Ethiopia, a dozen or so young Eritrean refugees perform a play. It is a love story, drawing on elements of traditional Eritrean storytelling, with singing, dancing and physical comedy. Tesfay, 24, is the young Romeo. Though slight in stature, his blue jeans hanging […]

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