About Eritrea

Although my life experiences as an adult revolve around my country of origin and residence, it’s only occurred to me recently that there are people who visit my blog with no prior knowledge of Eritrea. If they do know anything about Eritrea, chances are they’re only familiar with the negative narrative being promoted by western media. Below, you may find what I’d like to call information on “The Real Eritrea”. 🙂 Check it out and come up with your own conclusions.

Eritrea: Come and See (documentary, 2014)

 

Eritrea: Behind the Crisis PBS Documentary

 

Everything you are NOT supposed to know about Eritrea by Michel Collon [PDF docs]

Part 1          Part 2          Part 3

 

One Childhood

Beautifully filmed, clearly written and enjoyable to watch, One Childhood tells the extraordinary story of how the nation of Eritrea supports the development of its children throughout their childhood – seemlessly linking early child development and school health programs, delivered in even the most inaccessible communities by a strong partnership between the education and health teams.

One Childhood is an unforgettable portrait of a people taking control over their own lives and future by ensuring good health and good education throughout their one childhood.

Human Rights Watch on a Dogged Mission of Defamation Against Eritrea

“Eritreans are nationalistic and cohesive to a fault…. They don’t want to be slaves to any foreign donor country. They want economic self-sufficiency and they want to do it their way and with their own blood and sweat.” (The Globe and Mail, 26 April 1997)

Eritrea is a stunningly beautiful and fiercely independent country in Africa, bordering U.S. financed Ethiopia.  Eritrea is a state that seeks absolute self sufficiency, shunning hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. Their model of self-reliance is a very real threat to hegemonic rule. …Read More

Eritrea’s Independent Path Towards Sustainable Development, Peace and Cooperation (21 years and counting) by Elias Amare

Eritrea, a small African nation on the Red Sea that won its independence from Ethiopia in a 30-year war and was once praised by the West for its policies of self-reliance, is now demonized as a “rogue state.” Washington showers Ethiopia with billions in economic and military aid. “The US and its European allies must reverse their misguided policies of propping up tyrannical client regimes in the Horn of Africa and play a constructive role of peace by de-escalating their militarization of the region.

In 1985, the late African revolutionary thinker and former Tanzanian minister of economic development under Mwalimu Julius Nyrere, Abdul Rahma Mohamed Babu, visited liberated Eritrea under the control of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front [EPLF]. In an article published in that same year in Africa Events magazine under the title, “Eritrea: Its Present is the Remote Future of Others”, Babu wrote of his impressions of Eritrea under struggle in these words:

I have just spent two weeks in the liberated areas, including the recently captured and recaptured town of Barentu. And I am not ashamed to admit that I have been overwhelmed by what I saw. Living, working and eating with these staunch revolutionaries I am tempted to echo the famous quote: ‘I have seen the future of Africa and it works’.”

Two year later, in 1987, Babu also attended the EPLF’s Second & Unity Congress and witnessed the EPLF as a mature national liberation movement (quasi government) on the verge of victory, and preparing the groundwork for post-independence nation-building. The EPLF’s National Democratic Program drawn up in that congress outlined the following:

  • Building an Independent Self-reliant and planned national economy in the sectors of agriculture, industry, finance, trade, and urban land and housing;
  • Safeguard Social Rights: workers’ rights, women’s rights, families of martyrs, disabled fighters and other nationalities needing social assistance;
  • Pursue a Foreign Policy of Peace and Non-Alignment.

On 24 May 1991, with the total military defeat of the Ethiopian military junta (aka the Dergue), Eritrea achieved its de facto independence. Two years later, on 24 May 1993, after a UN-monitored referendum, Eritrea became formally an independent state and joined the UN.

It cannot be over-emphasized that due to the long and bitter 30-year war of national liberation, with immense loss of human lives and property, what the EPLF inherited in 1991 after total liberation was a completely devastated country and society, with agriculture and industry in near to complete collapse, and a third of the population displaced or in exile. Thus, Eritrea at independence in 1991 was starting from way below zero. The EPLF quickly mobilized all its resources, and embarked upon a comprehensive nation-building process of recovery and rehabilitation. …Read More

Who demonizes Eritrea and why?

The Security Council of the United Nations has voted to impose sanctions on Eritrea.  This decision is based on a mendacious campaign that accuses the country of giving military support to Somali rebels.  The sanctions are in truth aimed at strengthening the strategic interests of certain superpowers in the Horn of Africa.  While Eritrea is unfairly paying the price for its independence, demonstrations in her support are expected throughout the world. (Source: michelcollon.info)

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