UK-based lawyer Mihret Goitom tells how her sister-in-law’s attempt to escape Eritrea and join her husband ended in tragedy, after she and her children were incarcerated in a refugee camp in Sudan en-route.

In 2000, my brother, who had married in 1993 and had three children, left Eritrea alone. He left to study journalism in another African country, and he was fully aware that returning to Eritrea would be problematic.

UK-based lawyer Mihret Goitom tells how her sister-in-law’s attempt to escape Eritrea and join her husband ended in tragedy, after she and her children were incarcerated in a refugee camp in Sudan en-route.

In 2000, my brother, who had married in 1993 and had three children, left Eritrea alone. He left to study journalism in another African country, and he was fully aware that returning to Eritrea would be problematic.

It was a question worth killing over, in the minds of some Somali Islamic extremists. In May, Ahmed Omar Hashi, a reporter for Mogadishu’s Radio Shabelle asked Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to explain his country’s support for al-Shabab, the hardline Somali Islamic group. Afwerki explained that Eritrea only wanted to enable “Somali nationalists” in their efforts at “ensuring Somali unity, sovereignty and independence.”…President Afwerki’s reply to Hashi was a softball answer to a softball question. But that didn’t matter to the Mogadishu-based Islamic extremists, who later called Hashi on his cell phone, accusing him of spreading lies about al-Shabab, and threatening to kill him.

It was a question worth killing over, in the minds of some Somali Islamic extremists. In May, Ahmed Omar Hashi, a reporter for Mogadishu’s Radio Shabelle asked Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to explain his country’s support for al-Shabab, the hardline Somali Islamic group. Afwerki explained that Eritrea only wanted to enable “Somali nationalists” in their efforts at “ensuring Somali unity, sovereignty and independence.”…President Afwerki’s reply to Hashi was a softball answer to a softball question. But that didn’t matter to the Mogadishu-based Islamic extremists, who later called Hashi on his cell phone, accusing him of spreading lies about al-Shabab, and threatening to kill him.

It is rare that a country's entire condition can be summarised in a single word. That is true of Eritrea today, however; and the word is tragic. There are many indices of this tragedy, among them Eritrea's appalling record in hunger, poverty, human rights and freedom of the press. But the most painful is that of stolen promise. Eritrea's people fought so hard and succeeded in so much that was deemed impossible, only for their achievement to be snatched away from them. Today, Eritreans both inside and outside their Horn of Africa homeland are living with the consequences, and trying to understand why their nation's history took such a cruel twist. The answer, for very many of us, lies in the political character of one man: Eritrea's president, Isaias Afewerki.

It is rare that a country's entire condition can be summarised in a single word. That is true of Eritrea today, however; and the word is tragic. There are many indices of this tragedy, among them Eritrea's appalling record in hunger, poverty, human rights and freedom of the press. But the most painful is that of stolen promise. Eritrea's people fought so hard and succeeded in so much that was deemed impossible, only for their achievement to be snatched away from them. Today, Eritreans both inside and outside their Horn of Africa homeland are living with the consequences, and trying to understand why their nation's history took such a cruel twist. The answer, for very many of us, lies in the political character of one man: Eritrea's president, Isaias Afewerki.

Last week, Abrehale Misghina, a 28-year-old Eritrean refugee, committed suicide in broad daylight in a public park in Tel Aviv. He had snatched a mobile phone from a young boy and, after a desperate attempt to make a call, collapsed in tears. He then returned the phone to its owner, dragged a dustbin to a nearby tree, climbed on top of it, threw a rope over a branch, placed a noose around his neck and hanged himself.

Last week, Abrehale Misghina, a 28-year-old Eritrean refugee, committed suicide in broad daylight in a public park in Tel Aviv. He had snatched a mobile phone from a young boy and, after a desperate attempt to make a call, collapsed in tears. He then returned the phone to its owner, dragged a dustbin to a nearby tree, climbed on top of it, threw a rope over a branch, placed a noose around his neck and hanged himself.

We are writing to congratulate you on the work you are doing to bolster the movement for justice and democracy in Eritrea. As your partners in the struggle we are heartened by the expertise with which you are planning your upcoming events and are certain that this will inevitably have a positive ripple effect in shaping the history of our troubled nation. Indeed it is through such acts of courage and principled diligence to do the right thing, that we would begin to chip away at the entrenched tyranny that has besieged our people for far too long.

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We are writing to congratulate you on the work you are doing to bolster the movement for justice and democracy in Eritrea. As your partners in the struggle we are heartened by the expertise with which you are planning your upcoming events and are certain that this will inevitably have a positive ripple effect in shaping the history of our troubled nation. Indeed it is through such acts of courage and principled diligence to do the right thing, that we would begin to chip away at the entrenched tyranny that has besieged our people for far too long.

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June 12, 2009 — Any observer to the Eritrea’s tyrant activities, his bizarre behavior, the belligerent and consistent assault and insults on the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement ( SPLM) and the Government of South Sudan (GOSS), must undoubtedly – and rightfully so – assumes that: President Isaias Afworki – in actual fact – is campaigning for the Sudan’s upcoming general elections to replace H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as Sudan’s first Vice President and President of the Government of South Sudan!

June 12, 2009 — Any observer to the Eritrea’s tyrant activities, his bizarre behavior, the belligerent and consistent assault and insults on the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement ( SPLM) and the Government of South Sudan (GOSS), must undoubtedly – and rightfully so – assumes that: President Isaias Afworki – in actual fact – is campaigning for the Sudan’s upcoming general elections to replace H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, as Sudan’s first Vice President and President of the Government of South Sudan!

1.       What is this mass mobilization event about? 

This mass mobilization event aims at creating a unique experience and a culture of political activism by bringing together Eritrean families, friends & friends of Eritrea irrespective of their political ideology in order to bring change in Eritrea.

1.       What is this mass mobilization event about? 

This mass mobilization event aims at creating a unique experience and a culture of political activism by bringing together Eritrean families, friends & friends of Eritrea irrespective of their political ideology in order to bring change in Eritrea.

Two hours later, there was no sign of what had taken place. The park in the Shapira neighborhood of southern Tel Aviv was again teeming with life. Foreign workers gradually arrived, filling the place up, children came to play and only a green garbage bin located at the foot of a tree in a corner of the park remained as evidence that a short while earlier, at 3:30 P.M., someone's life had come to an end.

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Two hours later, there was no sign of what had taken place. The park in the Shapira neighborhood of southern Tel Aviv was again teeming with life. Foreign workers gradually arrived, filling the place up, children came to play and only a green garbage bin located at the foot of a tree in a corner of the park remained as evidence that a short while earlier, at 3:30 P.M., someone's life had come to an end.

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* The government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed — himself a moderate Islamist and former rebel — controls only a few districts in central Somalia and some of the capital Mogadishu. It has been unable to defeat the Islamist insurgents, but has had limited success in enticing some rebel leaders away. The government suffers from internal divisions and the loyalty of some of its security forces is also in question. It is endeavouring to built a 20,000-strong force, but says it needs more money from international donors to achieve that.

* The government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed — himself a moderate Islamist and former rebel — controls only a few districts in central Somalia and some of the capital Mogadishu. It has been unable to defeat the Islamist insurgents, but has had limited success in enticing some rebel leaders away. The government suffers from internal divisions and the loyalty of some of its security forces is also in question. It is endeavouring to built a 20,000-strong force, but says it needs more money from international donors to achieve that.

Eritrea has avoided international attention in recent years in ways that may have protected the Red Sea country's rulers from proper scrutiny but benefit no one else. Even those who recall that the continent's youngest state gained its unlikely independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a bloody thirty-year struggle may be shocked to hear that the optimistic nationalism of the 1990s has been dissolved under President Isaias Afewerki into a despairing void, causing thousands of Eritreans to flee the country that they fought so hard to establish.

Eritrea has avoided international attention in recent years in ways that may have protected the Red Sea country's rulers from proper scrutiny but benefit no one else. Even those who recall that the continent's youngest state gained its unlikely independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a bloody thirty-year struggle may be shocked to hear that the optimistic nationalism of the 1990s has been dissolved under President Isaias Afewerki into a despairing void, causing thousands of Eritreans to flee the country that they fought so hard to establish.

through the pieces of information we received from our fellow-nationals, residing in Italy, we came to know that some Eritrean militants of the Eritrean dictatorial regime, have raise and presented, to the Italian governmental authorities, accusations against Dr. Dania Avallone, in order to legally justify their acts of aggression they had carried out, against the same person, in many occasions.

through the pieces of information we received from our fellow-nationals, residing in Italy, we came to know that some Eritrean militants of the Eritrean dictatorial regime, have raise and presented, to the Italian governmental authorities, accusations against Dr. Dania Avallone, in order to legally justify their acts of aggression they had carried out, against the same person, in many occasions.