One day a Harvard economics professor asked his graduate class: “Who has ever been in Sierra Leone?” Students raised their hands, most of them non-Africans and none of them from Sierra Leone. And he continued: “Who has ever seen a cow in Sierra Leone?” This time, no more hands were raised. Believe it or not, he then went on developing a savings theory linking the civil war to the absence of cows in that country. No kidding! I then wondered: “I am in the United States but have never seen a cow here – I guess that it is due to the 1861-1865 U.S. civil war, isn’t it?” Obviously, it would have been more intelligent for that professor to first ask: “Who has ever seen a cow farm in Sierra Leone?” Continue reading Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea or African Survivor?
The Endless Lies About Eritrea should Come to a Complete Stop!
By Red Sea Fisher,
The Lie: In relation to most nations, Eritrea is relatively small.
The Truth: According to the CIA Factbook, Eritrea is the 101st largest country in the world, making it larger than about 60% of all countries on the planet. Eritrea’s area is larger than that of Israel, South Korea, Austria and Denmark. However, unlike these nations, Eritrea is often called “tiny” in a high proportion of articles written about it.
Additionally, as the quotes below illustrate, the tiny label is never found in a vacuum and is always accompanied by other negative misrepresentations (e.g. “Eritrea’s not known for much except good coffee“). Continue reading Lies About Eritrea: ‘Tiny’