As a descendant of Eritrean immigrants, Semhar Araia was raised in a diaspora community. This inspired her to go on and support people of the diaspora and promote international development. And so today as UNICEF USA’s Managing Director for Diaspora and Multicultural Partnerships, she advocates engagement within the diaspora communities of more than 70 countries in the United States. Continue reading Semhar Araia: Rebuilding Peace in Eritrea Opened My Eyes→
In a room with 11 White House Champions of Change, Semhar Araia ’99 was meeting with the president.
Her cohort that day in April 2012 included individuals who had dedicated their lives to causes such as veterans’ issues, housing and health care. They had an hour with President Barack Obama and each was given the opportunity to describe their work. Semhar Araia ’99 was the last to present. Continue reading Semhar Araia: From Here to Eritrea→
‘East Africa Today’ gives Semhar Araia, Founder and Executive Director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), a call to catch up on developments in the Horn of Africa.
Ms. Araia speaks to East Africa Today about the political and military stalemate between Eritrea and Ethiopia, examines whether the two countries will reconcile their differences and provides her assessment on the state of East Africa in the post-Meles Zenawi era. She also discusses the role the African diaspora has to play in shaping social and political developments in Africa beyond the simplistic views of just being a source of remittances. Continue reading Interview: Semhar Araia on ‘East Africa Today’→