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When do we open Conversation about the Madness in Eritrea?

I have always waited and hoped - in vain - to have this tiny country in the horn of Africa called Eritrea become subject of a continental-wide outcry and pressure to have Dictator Isaias Afwerki stop massive human rights violations, military conscription etc and open government to have the people of Eritrea live dignified life. By the way Eritrea is one of the leading producers of these people who are dying on the precarious journeys to Europe and many people (sadly young) who are taking these dangerous journeys would rather die than live under the prevailing conditions in their country. And so to address, at least in part, these horrifying and totally unnecessary Mediterranean deaths related to the exodus of Africans attempting to illegally emigrate to Europe in search of better life, we must be able to address political problems in countries such as Eritrea. Unfortunately, this matter has never prominently featured as a major agenda anywhere in Africa; not at the African Union (AU) or sub-regional bodies like the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to which Eritrea remains a suspended and/or withdrawn member; not in the academic and even civil society discourses. And until we open a robust and structured conversation around this issue, we will keep on with the head counts of the dead and the dying. It is even more painful that these are totally and completely unnecessary deaths.

When do we open Conversation about the Madness in Eritrea? When do we open Conversation about the Madness in Eritrea? Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on August 19, 2019 Rating: 5

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