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Eritrea Raising National Service Salary by 700%, Won’t Shorten to 18 Months Limit

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The EU has a vested interest in seeing Eritrea stabilized as a stable Eritrea means fewer migrants. But Eritrea’s stability doesn’t come entirely from the stability of the economy but rather from its national security. Eritrea has a security threat from its much larger and hungrier neighbor Ethiopia. In the absence international will to ‘guarantee’ Eritrea’s security concerns, the immediate option for Eritrea is to make staying in the country attractive first by improving the salary of National Service conscripts by up to 700 percent.

By Edmund Blair | for Reuters,

Eritrea is not prepared to stop forcing its youth into lengthy stretches of work as soldiers and civil servants, a conscription policy that is driving waves of refugees to make the perilous trip across the Sahara desert and Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

European nations say that the poor Horn of Africa nation is moving only slowly and cautiously to stabilize the economy to stem the tide of migrants which is aggravating the refugee crisis that is gripping the European Union.

The Asmara government insists conscription is vital for national security saying that it fears attack by its far bigger neighbor Ethiopia with which it fought a bloody and expensive war that ended in June 2000. Continue reading Eritrea Raising National Service Salary by 700%, Won’t Shorten to 18 Months Limit

Jennifer Riggan’s Latest Attempt to Cement an Erroneous Eritrea Narrative

“… Ethnography literally means ‘a portrait of a people’. Ethnography is a written description of a particular culture – the customs, beliefs, and behavior – based on information collected through fieldwork… ” – Marvin Harris and Orna Johnson

… a desperate attempt to remain relevant?

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

I just returned from a three week visit to Eritrea and whilst there, a friend showed me a 28 January 2016 article entitled “Unraveling the Complexities of Refugee Flight from Eritrea”, written by Jennifer Riggan and published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Even in Eritrea, I could not get away from these incessant campaigns to vilify the nation and its leadership. Like all her previous articles and ethnographic “research” on Eritrea, this latest piece seeks to cement a distorted narrative on Eritrea and its National Service Program (NSP).

This seems to be another desperate attempt to remain relevant at a time when the carefully crafted “anthropological” and “ethnographic” narratives on Eritrea, her people and leadership are being challenged by Eritreans everywhere.  Continue reading Jennifer Riggan’s Latest Attempt to Cement an Erroneous Eritrea Narrative