The British government has published a new 285-page reportthat challenges the existing narrative of most Eritrean migrants, the UN and pro-migrant NGOs that their home country Eritrea mistreats them when they return.
In the past few years, as we all know, the network has enveloped the world. Data referring to the internet in 2015 indicate that 3 billion people, 41% of the world’s population actively uses the net – with 2.1 billion of these, i.e. 29% participating in a social media and 3.6 billion, that is 51% owning a cellphone.
And in Africa the cell phone has become a sign of new consumerism, resolving practical issues. In Senegal, for instance, fishermen use cellphones to know in real time where it is convenient to download the catch, whereas in Kenya the Safaricom M-Pesa service allows immediate money transfers. Continue reading Eritrea, Smart Phones and Trafficking→
MUCH has been said about the recent UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Eritrea. The legitimacy and other issues have been eloquently raised by others more versed in these matters than I.
However, on reading the report’s methodology and sections of the report, it became quite evident that the report was staggering on very shaky ground. ,I therefore, felt a more thorough examination of the methods or lack of methods, as the case may be, employed by the Commission was warranted. Continue reading Is the UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea Reliable?→
A REPORT issued in late March by the British Home Office determines that defectors from the Eritrean army do not, in fact, face life-threatening danger in Eritrea, and therefore do not deserve refugee status in other countries. Britain has issued new guidelines for dealing with the Eritreans who have flooded that country.
IN COPENHAGEN, media debates on what is and isn’t true about Eritrea have spilled over into 2015. The conversation is internal, almost always conducted in Danish. It reveals both genuine ignorance, some degree of arrogance, and deliberate spinning of facts and figures – a reminder of the celebrated Danish writer’s, Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the hypothetical “Gentleman Weavers” who were awarded the title by a fictitious Emperor who decided “the show must go on” despite the fact that his new clothes were never there, and he was exposed in public. (Interested readers may want to look up the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, by HC Andersen.) Continue reading Eritrea: A View from Copenhagen→