I have had to resort to publishing this piece and inquiry as a blog as no paper entertains any perspective other than the sensationalised unhealthy narrative maintained as against Eritrea.
My reference to Culture of Silence and Eritrea is premised on an inquiry further to a number of discussions and focus groups with the Eritrean diaspora based here in the UK, Europe, USA and Eritrea on the prevalent narrative as against Eritrea. This was after my experience and travel in Eritrea meeting with senior officials, diplomats, Eritreans, businessmen and our shared experience of the narrative in the western media as compared to the reality on the ground in Eritrea. And it is from those direct and candid discussions that I am presented with an overwhelming awareness of the distorted and unbalanced narrative as against Eritrea deliberately propagated by our western supposed free journalism, press and media. Continue reading The Distorted Narrative, Media War and Eritrea’s Culture of Silence (I)→
At a coffee shop in Asmara I met with young Samsom Berhane Asefaw, a Public Service, Development Worker, aged 38 who was born and brought up in Eritrea. He too also had friends and relatives that had taken the treacherous journey out of Eritrea. He agreed that most of the Eritrean people were unaware of the western narrative as against Eritrea as the experience on the ground was so different.
When I asked him about the exodus of Eritreans he retorted “it’s an exaggeration”. It’s obvious, he said that the high standard in the West is attracting the youth from the developing countries including Eritrea and with the preferential treatment being afforded to Eritreans – well it was obvious that was definitely a push factor for many young Eritreans to leave. Continue reading The Distorted Narrative, Media War and Eritrea’s Culture of Silence (II)→
Why would anyone in their right mind want to travel to Eritrea either to visit friends and family or as a tourist, and, much less want to buy property or set up business there? It can only be someone who has no access to the daily mainstream media outpouring of relentless descriptions of horror stories of oppression, forced labour, systemic abuses, imprisonment, disappearances, torture, rape, killings. A tiny country where there is no rule-of-law, no multiparty, no freedom of religion, no written constitution – in short, the North Korea of Africa! If I did not know and visit the country frequently, I would quite easily, have been put off from travelling there for fear of ending up in one of the horrific situations that is presented, just as I would not dare consider travelling to North Korea. Continue reading The Day the House of Lords lost Its Aura of Propriety→
A JOINT event of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) UK that was the third part in a series convened by SIHRG on Eritrea and the development of Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility. It discussed key issues facing Eritrea from the development of its natural resources through to migration and trafficking. Continue reading Eritrea: Business Ethics, Migration and Trafficking→
AS ONE of the greatest cities in the world, London is renowned for many things, and has been crowned “the most influential city in the world” and “the ‘best city in the world” among other things. Similarly, London, as global media power and a great center for influential think tanks and research institutes, it comes on top in hosting events addressing Eritrea’s political, diplomatic, and economic issues in the last decade.
From the several reports and papers produced by Chatham House, the world-leading international affairs think tank –including a report predicting the collapse of the Eritrean economy in a matter of months – to the recent intensive several events concerning human rights and migration that were held in some London Universities. Continue reading America’s Political Shenanigans in Eritrea→