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Students Discover African-led Development in Mason’s First Trip to Eritrea

The Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University sent 11 PhD, Master’s and undergraduate students to Eritrea for two weeks to uncover the country’s narrative of development, and this is a piece from what they have discovered so far.

George Mason University students with the Eritrean Minister of Investment and Promotion. (Photo: Gbenga DeSilva)

BY MARIAM ABURDEINEH | GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

There are multiple sides to every story. But when it comes to Eritrea, a country that’s been isolated due to 20 years of war and nine years of sanctions, much of their story hasn’t been told, said Carol Pineau, a former CNN journalist who reported live on the Eritrean-Ethiopian war and is a visiting scholar at George Mason University. Continue reading Students Discover African-led Development in Mason’s First Trip to Eritrea

Eyewitness Eritrea: Reflections from a Ghanaian Perspective

I feel so honored to be a part of this memorable experience. I consider it a great pleasure to have been able to meet so many incredible people in Eritrea and to travel throughout the country to Massawa, Mendefera, Keren and so many other places. I have learned many lessons on this journey that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. (Photo credit : Rose Essiem)

BY ROSE A. ESSIEM

2019 marks the 400 year that the first slaves from Africa were forcefully displaced to Jamestown, Virginia. To commemorate this chilling moment, President Nana Akufo-Addo of the Republic
of Ghana, my home country, formally declared in 2018 that 2019 would be marked the “Year of Return.” Continue reading Eyewitness Eritrea: Reflections from a Ghanaian Perspective

Carol Pineau says, ‘In Eritrea, the Experts on Eritrea are Eritreans’

“The only experts are nationals of their own countries” – Weh Yeoh

Carol Pineau is an American Journalist with a long career in journalism in Africa. Here is she sharing her views and experiences of Eritrea.

BY BILLION TEMESGHEN | ERITREA PROFILE

Carol Pineau is an American journalist who has worked in Africa for many years representing the biggest news agencies of the world. Her first visit in Eritrea impacted her profession the most as she describes the Eritrean experience as a process of unlearning the ‘white savior responsibility’. Continue reading Carol Pineau says, ‘In Eritrea, the Experts on Eritrea are Eritreans’

Challenging Assumptions: A Note on Recent Media Coverage of Eritrea

Get the truth and print it. The general narrative on the mainstream media about Eritrea is devoid of rational, logical analysis, and long been framed and tightly controlled to produce tainted knowledge and image.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

Last week, Eritrea Profile featured an interview with Mary Harper, Africa Editor for BBC World News. Harper recently spent several weeks in Eritrea covering the country’s Independence Day celebrations, and her analyses, both within her interview with Eritrea Profile as well as in other outlets, have been balanced, impartial, thoughtful, and quite perceptive.

Possessing years of journalistic experience, particularly across Africa, Harper’s coverage of Eritrea has been a reinvigorating breath of fresh air; she avoids the tired clichés, nauseating stereotypes, and longstanding assumptions and distortions to provide an accurate, contextualized, more reliable account of Eritrea. While her entire interview with Eritrea Profile is worthwhile and informative, several things stand out. Continue reading Challenging Assumptions: A Note on Recent Media Coverage of Eritrea