“I felt like I was waking up from a nightmare.”
Born in what was then a province of Ethiopia, Temesghen spent much of his childhood in Saudi Arabia before returning in 1992 amidst the euphoria over Eritrea’s imminent independence after decades of war. Six years later, he went to work for Eritrean state media.
Temesghen was untroubled by the rule of President Isaias Afewerki for years. “I didn’t have a lot of question marks as to how the government was running the country,” he says. “Generally Eritreans were not really interested in the political structure of the country.
All Eritreans must do national service, but in practice, military service can be extended indefinitely, human rights groups say.
A study of the North African country lays bare a ruler at war with his own people, says Joanna Lewis
President Isaias Afewerki (aka Dictator Isayas Afeworki, DIA)
Chairman of the State Council
Chairman of the Transitional National Assembly
C-in-c of the Armed Forces
Chancellor of Institutes of Higher Learning
Chairman of the PFDJ [the sole political party]
Vice-President – vacant since 2001
The Home Office has been criticised for a policy which excluded Eritrean children evicted from the Calais Jungle camp from resettlement in the UK. Documents obtained by the Public Law Project show how asylum decisions for Eritreans have been based on questionable information about conditions in the country.
Information downplayed rights abuses and meant some Eritrean children in Calais were refused entry to UK
The Home Office used the lower grant rates as a reason for excluding almost all Eritrean children in the Calais refugee camp aged 13-15. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
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|Published January 20, 2017
What will happen to Eritrean asylum seekers after Israel deports them?
The Israeli government must not withhold information from the public about the dangers faced by Eritrean asylum seekers it is planning to deport.
By Sigal Avivi
فرجت : وكالات
قالت مصادر دبلوماسية مطلعة أن القائم بأعمال السفارة الاريترية في جيبوتي عمر سرمعي تقدم بطلب اللجوء السياسي في أمريكا.
Total people in need: 2 million