Blogs in February 2020

Amid the Chaos 28th February 2020

Some people call Eritrea the “North Korea of Africa.” But to two friends Chenkelo and Misghe, it is home. In the picturesque capital of Asmara, these two educated young men are forced to choose between poverty and hustle as...

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I Will Not Grow Downward 28th February 2020

ONE MAN’S LONG AND PERILOUS FLIGHT FROM AFRICA’S HERMIT KINGDOMTHIRTY YEARS OF BLOODY CONFLICT with a powerful enemy never broke the spirit of the Eritrean people. After winning their freedom from Ethiopia, a young man dreams of starting a...

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Ninety-Three Days: A Journey to Freedom 28th February 2020

The civil war in Ethiopia and Eritrea lasted for decades after the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie I. In 1976 the author, with the help of the legendary freedom fighters of the Eritrean Popular Liberation Front (EPLF), escaped to...

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Towards Asmara 28th February 2020

During the Eritrean struggle for independence from Ethiopia, four Westerners travel under Eritrean rebel escort through a land of savage beauty and bitter drought towards the ancient capital of Asmara. Each is on a personal mission, all are irrevocably...

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Refugee Boy 28th February 2020

Acclaimed performance poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah’s honest, wry and poignant story of a young refugee left in London is of even more power and pertinence today than when it was first published. Life is not safe for Alem....

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