Category: Testimonies

Appalling Work Conditions at Bisha-Nevsun Mining Project, Eritrea

A few months ago, a number of workers from Bisha-Nevsun Project (owned by the Eritrean government and Canada’s Nevsun Resources Ltd.) have managed to escape to Ethiopia, and they are now living in one of the refugee camps located in Tigray. Two of them, Abadi Ghebremeskel…

Interview with an Ex-Prison-Guard

Eyob Bahta Habtemariam, a man who credibly claims to have been a guard at the notorious Eiraeiro prison camp in the desert of Northern Red Sea province, in northeastern Eritrea, fled the country a year ago and found refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia. Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human…

Voice of Torture (Documentary)

A documentary from HRCE of young Eritreans recollection of torture and suffering they experienced under the Eritrean government. A story of their determination for freedom and the price they had to pay to achieve it. Watch the documentary.

Sending Them to Their Death

A. didn’t even think he was disobeying an order. “I’m taking them to the base,” he announced plainly on the radio to the company commander.  A. contacted his commander after he took into his vehicle a group of Africans that had crossed the border during the…

Sweden “legally bound” to Seek Dawit Isaak Release

Lawyers and activists argued on Monday that Sweden and the EU are legally bound to work harder to secure the release of Dawit Isaak, an Eritrean-Swedish journalist who has been held in Asmara for nearly a decade without trial. “In our opinion, Sweden and the EU…

They shoot migrants, don’t they?

Egypt, a state that over the past four years has allegedly shot and killed more than 80 African migrants trying to cross into Israel over the Sinai Desert border, became chair on Friday of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees executive committee, sparking criticism by human…

Escaping Eritrea

In September 2001, Aaron Berhane made the heart-wrenching decision to escape Eritrea. He left behind his wife and young children, as well as his prestigious job as editor-in-chief of the country’s largest circulation newspaper, Setit. It was his work that left Aaron with no option but…

Eritrean Journalits’ Hunger strike testimony

‘The biggest prison for Journalists’ is a fitting label for PFDJ’s Eritrea. It is 9 years since the dozen Eritrean independent journalists have been detained; and their whereabouts is unknown. Soon after their detention, they went for a hunger strike demanding their case to be brought…

Refugee hopes to raise awareness of Eritrean plight

Bereket Yohannes often lies awake at night in his East Kildonan home and wonders where his relatives are or if they’re even alive. His sister, Esther Yohannes, her husband, Petros Soloman, and their three children are among Eritrea’s many missing and unaccounted for citizens. “My brother-in-law…

Elizabeth/ Elsa Chyrum: Human Rights Activist (Eritrea)

On 20 June 2009, Elsa Chyrum, a human rights activist and advocate forEritrean refugees all over the world, has received a DistinguishedMedal Award of Excellence from the Eritrean Community For Human Rightsand Refugee Protection in a symposium organized by Eritrean GlobalSolidarity in recognition of her human…

Memories of a dreadful time

We were young and naïve… The idea of starting a newspaper or a magazine came in a veryinformal way in a rather casual setting. We were having coffee indowntown Asmara at Bar Bereket with my friend school mate MedhanieHaile. I used to be an assistant editor…

A Refugee At last

I was born and grew up in Asmara, a city whose loveaffair never ends; it resonates in my heart in every second of myjourney to seek refuge elsewhere. I have attended my primary, highschool and University classes there. It is a place where I have seen…