How I Smuggled Biniam Simon of Eri TV

The following is a partial translation from the chapter that the author (Léonard Vincent) narrates how he helped trafficking the former Eri TV presenter Biniam Simon into Paris. Biniam was on his way back to Eritrea finishing his government sponsored scholarship in Tokyo.  

Léonard-Vincent, author of the "Eritreans" narrates how he has been involved in trafficking of Eritreans, in his own damn book
Léonard-Vincent, author of the “Eritreans” narrates how he has been involved in trafficking of Eritreans, in his own damn book

By Léonard Vincent,

All the Eritreans that I know who are fighting to liberate their country are ‘heroes’.

Biniam [Simon], is a very ordinary person. The first evening I heard his voice, in December 2006, there was a trickle of shyness that painfully confessed on a telephone line. Far from Japan where he was sent for training by the Eritrean Ministry of Information, the former presenter of the evening news at Eri-TV admitted, with great difficulty, that he wanted to defect.

In recent weeks, his friends and colleagues were rounded up one by one. They were sent to Agip to be interrogated. The authorities were seeking to know who organized the flight of the personnel from the TV channel. Eminent personalities considered as the flagship of the propaganda had recently left the country never to return. Isaias lost his preferred interviewers, including the gifted Temesghen Debesai the “kid” who headed the English service. Biniam knew that if he goes back to his country, he would probably be picked from the airport by Homeland Security. He was next on the list. And anyway, his life depressed him. All these years he had composed with the phantasmagoria of the government. He had swallowed quite a few bitter pills. He was threatened, his family tormented, reprimanded for his alleged whims against revolutionaries. He had gone to the front during the war of Badme. Obediently he had learned everything about his profession at the ministry. Today, it was too much. He had decided not to return to Asmara, to seek refuge elsewhere, no matter where. From his hotel room in Okinawa, he spoke on the phone in a low voice. Talking to me would already lead to a death sentence.

Biniam was to fly back to Eritrea, under guard, few days later. His passport was in the hands of the “mosquito” accompanying him. The Japanese government had guaranteed not only the security of its guests, but also for the smooth return to their homeland.


Hanging up the phone, I no longer had much of a choice. Either I had to admit to the thin voice that had contacted me that nothing was possible and he must return to his cursed country, or I had to try something, without knowing what, to find a hiding place, a refuge, a safe haven, whatever it is, to a man who asked for it.

As the day of his departure approached, I still did not know what to do. The only solution was to find someone fairly confident in the justness of the smart move to divert Biniam from the path traced for him within the airport of Tokyo, before he embarks to Asmara.

This man was Michel. French journalist resident in Japan, he was the local correspondent for Reporters Without Borders in Japan but I did not know him. I had to explain to him the situation in a few minutes, avoiding the clichés and digressions.  It was midday in Paris and twenty hours in Tokyo. The idea was to literally kidnap an unknown Eritrean the next day from the departure lounge of Narita International Airport.

Michel immediately accepted, unconditionally and without a slight hesitation. The target is called Biniam, it should happen at a precise time leaving on precise flight. He should take him to a hotel and give him a good care as much as possible.

The next day, Michel and friends arrived at the airport carrying a plate with the name of the Eritrean. Each passenger was scrutinized. He waited for a black man, an unknown victim, a strange bird that would respond to a name written on a white board. Men and women embarking on their planes paraded indifferently before them. No one showed  up. In Paris, I waited anxiously for a sign from Japan. But nothing came. My phone was silent as a closed harbor. I imagined what would happen if Biniam failed to outmaneuver his escort or if he would renounce at the last moment. Nobody was aware of the operation. My heart weighed down by anxiety, I felt bad of playing a dangerous game.

At the International Airport of Tokyo, passengers passed one by one before Michel without batting an eyelid, without reacting. And then a small round man, with bulging child eyes and cheeks strafed freckles, presented himself before him.

“Biniam?”

“Yes”

Michel immediately grasped the huge suitcase with wheels from Biniam’s hand and pushed out the guy without looking behind him. With a gesture of authority, he stuffed his mysterious Eritrean into a car and ordered the driver to hit the road. Suspicious of the Japanese, the French had planned to change cars regularly. A stop in a garage of a hotel, jump from one taxi to another, a false destination address would suffice to beat them. In thirty seconds, the two men entered the world of illegality, abandoned the regular papers and defied normal processes of an abiding citizen.


The two men stayed together for several weeks in Michel’s apartment, perched on a high floor of a tower in Tokyo. Anxious, almost silent though strangely relieved, Biniam devoured the video library of his new French friend. Black and white Movies, old American movies, Italian cinemas, Thrillers…The Eritrean was unbeatable on films, told me Michel. Every day I called him he told me about the amazing duo he forged with the young man I did not know yet. Michel liked him. His companion already befriended the unknown from Narita.

The French spoke of the good humor and timidity of his guest, the child’s genes and his sudden descent into depression. Both discussed long hours about their respective livesuntil late at night. At fixed hours, I also called Biniam and spoke at length as if it waswith a cousin I had not seen since high school. Strangely, I could already manage to make fun of him, as he was also mocking of me. His voice, timid in Okinawa, was invigorated in Tokyo. I imagined the old and tired sofa, the embarrassing silence of the morning, the bathroom always slightly in disorder. Everything was fine, I was told. Themoney I sent to pay for a hotel was not used.

During this time we were trying just to get papers for the fugitive, now caught in a tangled bureaucratic Web. I wanted to bring him to France, shake his hand and put himin safety. Prisca, the young head of the Office of Assistance at Reporters without Borders, was battling tirelessly by phone calls and letters with government officials who were not so concerned. Meanwhile, the Japanese Government agency of immigrationwas doing all its best to get hold of Biniam. The Police was alerted. The Eritrean authorities were prowling. The French Embassy was difficult to deviate it from its legal position. Michel was using his connections, harassed his highly placed contacts, and hauled his new friend to administrative offices of diplomats. Straddled on a motorcycle, the two men zigzagged the streets of Tokyo, covered as polar explorers.

In Paris we were knocking on the doors of the Quai d’Orsay (French foreign office) for a safe-conduct for the former star of Eri – TV. On Christmas day, Michel invited Biniam to go with him to a party in the city. Solitary and smiling, the Eritrean spent an evening to watch the guests, hipsters (hip-huggers) and fashionistas, mouth closed. He took a little champagne, but barely. Michel told me later that Biniam had told him that he had been moved by the celebration of the Nativity.

The next day, I received a photograph of him for the slides. Standing on a street of Tokyo, Biniam looks at me with a smile, a smiles we usually see in summer along the beach. Behind him, across the street, are shops with signs covered by neon ideograms. The buildings of glass spin to the cold sky. The windows reflected the orange sun. A pull over with round collar covers his broad chest. His clear eyes with heavy eyelids soften the mahogany figure covered with black freckles. His chin is highlighted by a very short beard. His square head and frizzy hair reveal the face of a young man of thirty years. The safety and pain floating around him, like two angels. We imagine the little boy that he was, the smile remained the same. I spent several minutes on his picture. I circulated it to all the people around me. Biniam is him.

After several weeks of paperwork and supplications, the Eritrean finally got a visa for France on a basis of asylum. When I announced the good news to Biniam by phone, he sighed, giggled and sighed again. Immense relief freed his heart from anxiety. He wanted to leave Japan, the country “populated by fools.” Happy as a high school graduate, Michel decided to fly with him to Paris, where he pretended had things to do. We found an emergency fund for Biniam’s ticket and temporary accommodation for his arrival. A last call, promises and a few laughs again. The two accomplices left Tokyo one evening in January and made stopovers in Seoul without having ceased to talk. The next day they landed at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport where I was expecting them, refrigerated, cursing cops, borders, crisps, despots and serious people. If he passes smoothly the customs office, the kidnapping would have worked.

Leaning on the iron railing bordering the arrivals, I looked at the automatic door open on anonymous faces and suitcases. The carousel of an aircraft. African families passing by. A crowd of Chinese climbing their buses. Tanned tourists find their parents. A businessman already phoning. Carts stacked with luggage sliding in all directions. Cardboard boxes held together with string and tape. I waited for almost an hour when I finally saw the curly haired Michel. With a view somewhat blurred, I stood up to welcome the newcomers. Michel waved me through the double electric door. Behind him, pulling a huge rolling suitcase, wearing a leather jacket, Biniam had sunken eyes but with a happy complexion, as if he came home.

In the taxi when I announced the arrival of Biniam in France to an Eritrean friend, a yoyos sound exploded in my phone. His wife, ecstatic, was celebrating the release of one more Eritrean. On the way to Paris, I pointed to the newcomer the sights along the highway, street lights, gigantic advertising boards, brick buildings in the northern suburbs, and the “Stade de France” (football stadium) which he discussed at length. We stopped in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, near the “House of Journalists”, where the former Eritrean, now fugitive could live six months free. He put his luggage in his room and we went to swallow a plate of spaghetti in an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood.

Walking in the street, in the frosty night of Paris, strolling casually, finally with relieved paces under the trees, Biniam whispered to me with a smile: “It’s just like Asmara.” With Biniam we entered quickly in a war footing. After he was granted a status of political refugee in France, he started looking for a job. We offered him odd jobs here and there, in a printing company in manufacturing greeting cards. Cashier in a supermarket. But Biniam is a man of immense culture, refined in his nuances and approach to the dictatorship. His sense of humor, a little English, but impressive.

Inhabited by the fear of a future civil war, he disdains politicians who are stubborn. For him Eritrea, even tortered is one and indivisible. The murderers of the prison system, the ideologues of the presidency, the greedy and illiterate generals all these executioners are his brothers. Deny this principle would be, in his eyes, justifying future murders. Enough Eritreans lives are lost he insisted softly, his eyes wet.

One summer evening, months later, we drank a beer in a bar in Paris. As always, I asked him what he thought should be done to his country. What he thought most useful. The thing that could bring about change is “inform people inside,” he replied immediately. “Inform the Eritreans who are still out there on what is happening at home and abroad.” His answer was obvious. During the years that followed, we have built a radio. Radio Erena, “Our Eritrea“. Radio Biniam.

I visit now quite often the little station that broadcasts from the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Ambroise, my successor at the head of the Africa desk of Reporters Without Borders has lost precious hours of sleep to help Biniam find a place and install the studio. It is a modest red brick store, wedged between buildings in a deserted street. Children coming back home from school glance by the ground floor. They see a large sofa and a table, pictures of Asmara, posters, trinkets labeled in Tigrinya, postcards of the country, baroque objects braided and decorated with beads, coffee. Ashtrays are full, biscuits always at hand, the indefatigable snacker. Drafts of the news flashes are stacked on chairs. Behind the Iron Curtain, turning his heavy key, remains always locked, Biniam smiles and violently hits in his hand.

Since June 2009, he created nearly twenty-four hours of program through this narrow satellite beam of freedom that reaches the eager ears of his Eritrean brothers. And this little adventure is now having consequences. At Sawa, young recruits trick their commander to be able to listen. In town, families get together to follow Erena, its interviews, scoops, columns or the Sunday program of Yonathan Habte, ex singer in exile in Germany. Amanuel, a journalist who recently escaped the country, came to lend a hand after few months. The radio became increasingly popular.

Anonymous call threatens Biniam. They tell him that they have already signed the death warrant of the station and that there is still time for him to join the government. Auditors were briefly incarcerated down there. Biniam showed me their name on a sheet at the beginning and updates it regularly: Temesghen, Goitom, Simon Tekle … They were all under thirty years. But he makes it a point of honor to be fair. He interviews the regime’s supporters and opponents. This arouses much suspicion in the Diasporas. Unbearably honest and not fighting for a penny, he is alone.

The first time I visited the studio when the radio was finally installed, I especially remember his big ‘squirrel’ smile and his immense pride when he sat in front of the microphone. I took picture of him with the headphones on, and we spent two hours at the window in the spring breeze, listening to the birds singing on the trees and smoking cigarettes. “This is a great project,” he said.

Two beers, two friends and an idea: it is just that, a project” I replied.


41 thoughts on “How I Smuggled Biniam Simon of Eri TV

    1. people fighting for the liberties is not an act of terrorism! IT's PFDJ that has been terrorising out people for a long time!

      1. Look at this fool. People who live in Europe are fighting for their liberties, eh? Geldam.
        Fighting for liberty by burning down public property? Why don't you burn down PFDJ owned property than the communities property? What's your problem with the people? Are you sure you are not Woyanne hasus?

        Prepare for this buddy. Thanks to usless bunches out there, our independet opposition groups are now labled with the same brand as you are – Hasusat. You people made it extremely difficult for nationalist oppositions to buy the hearts and minds of our people. You made it our struggle almost immpossible by taking the diaspora support away to PFDJ. Isaias won the struggle with out throwing a single effort – thanks to stupid hooligans like you. Now, what are you going to do? You are now going to be hunted as a criminal every where you go, let alone to play an 'Activist'.

        Activist my ass.

        1. Reasonable Eritrean · Edit

          PFDJ jails people with out trail (eg. Dawit Issak) , our brothers and sister are conscripted in the military for indefinite time….so exauce me for not feeling sorry for PFDJ when it properties are burned. Kinda sucks that some property was lost but it seems you can only fight fire with fire. And your such a idiot for giving the example that Isaias got the support of the diasopra….DUH DO YOU THINK ERITREANS WOULD SIDE WITH ETHIOPIA DURING THE STRUGGLE WITH ETHIOPIA???? but now that we are not fighting for out freedom but for our human rights and Isaias happen to be a dictator the struggle is against him and PFDJ.

          1. How reasonable are u when you burned down civic community centers.
            & worst when u try to reason out or justify evil act. Evil is evil no amout of excuse can make it right or good. It would be better for you to know moral decency 101 before you run your mouth like a moron. For you information, you love and hug evil, you love to destroy things that does not belong to you or to your evil doers. Unlike you and your cronies Eritreans are civil and hard working we will rebuild our community centers. You failed miserably, and showed your true color to the whole wide world your twisted mind

        2. I think the building has burnt by the YPFDJ (Sweden) peoples in order to blame innocent Eritrean refugee who live in Sweden and I have full evidence and ready to give to Police….

    2. DEKI Ere, “How I Smuggled Biniam Simon of Eri TV”. Reading a translation from the chapter of the book by Léonard Vincent is really fascinate me. Leonard Vincent, the self-confessed “human trafficker”, detailing his confession in “human trafficking” and “kidnapping” of Biniam Simon.

      Leonard Vincent, so smug, he has no shame to present his “victim” as toy or he has no qualm to parade his victim as a “dog in a leash“. How disdainful could he be towards the individual he smuggled to present him as a package of used clothing to be loaded and unloaded from a car to a motor cycle? A chapter from his book, arrogantly titled “How I Smuggled Biniam Simon of Eri TV” details how he used Biniam Simon as a “pawn” to quench his criminal urge. Just to give you an idea how Leonard Vincent used this “Eritrean pawn” as a “sacrificial lamb” to promote his ego, here is from what he said:

      (1) “Biniam [Simon], is a very ordinary person. ….. Far from apan where he was sent for training by the Eritrean Ministry of Information, the former presenter of the evening news at Eri-TV admitted, with great difficulty,that he wanted to defect“.

      (2)“ The idea was to literally kidnap an unknown Eritrean the next day from the departure lounge of Narita International Airport.”

      (3) “Michel (meaning the kidnapper) immediately accepted meaning the kidnapping), unconditionally and without a slight hesitation. The target is called Biniam, it should happen at a precise time leaving on precise flight. He ould take him to a hotel and give him a good care as much as possible.”

      (4) “Michel immediately grasped the huge suitcase with wheels from Biniam’s hand and pushed out the guy
      (meaning Biniam) without looking behind him. With a gesture of authority“.

      (5) “He stuffed his mysterious Eritrean into a car and ordered the driver to hit the road. Suspicious of the Japanese, the French (meaning Michael, the kiddnapper) had planned to change cars regularly. A stop in a garage of a hotel, jump from one taxi to another, a false destination address would suffice to beat them.”

      (6) “In thirty seconds, the two men entered the world of illegality, abandoned the regular papers and defied normal processes of an abiding citizen.”

      (7) “I imagined the old and tired sofa, the embarrassing silence of the morning, the bathroom always slightly in disorder.”

      (8) “Two beers, two friends and an idea: it is just that, a project”

      Concentrate on some of the words of Leonard Vincent: These are to include:

      (A) “with great difficulty, that he wanted to defect“,

      (B) “The idea was to literally kidnap an unknown Eritrean,

      (C) The target is called Biniam, it should happen at a precise time leaving on precise flight“,

      (D)” With a gesture of authority, he stuffed his mysterious Eritrean into a car and ordered the driver to hit the road“,

      (E)” In thirty seconds, the two men entered the world of illegality, abandoned the regular papers and defied ormal processes of an abiding citizen.”

      (F) “Two beers, two friends and an idea: it is just that, a project”

      The question is where did Biniam Simon end? After Leonard Vincent received his “payment” or “booty”, I bet Biniam Simon can only be all alone in in one room apartment with “old and tired sofa, the embarrassing silence of the morning, the bathroom always slightly in disorder” with “Two beers, two friends”, if I am to use the very words Leonard used to describe the sorry and lonely state of Beniam Simon in the streets of Paris.

      ACTUALLY, BENIAM SIMON DID NOT END UP WITH “TWO BEERS AND TWO FRIENDS.” HE ENDED UP WITH “TWO BEERS” AND NO FRIENDS! ALL ALONE IN A “ONE ROOM” APPARTMENT BUILDING with “old tired sofa” in the ghettos of Paris!

      As for Leonard Vincent, he is gone hunting for more to make a living by capturing victims. How much money does individuals like Leonard Vincent get once their brought their “catch”. At this point in time, for Leonard Vincent, it has become a way making a living or has become a fishing expedition and for each “Eritrean Catch” he probably gets $100,000. Do not blame him, he is only trying to make living by the misery of others!

      The question, is this self-acclaimed and criminal in “human trafficking and kidnapping” walking free in the streets of Paris“?
      Here is a self-proclaimed and self-promoted “human trafficker” walking free in the streets and France is to do nothing?

      The question is what can Eritrea do? Can the Eritrean Government request for arrest of this criminal. Can the “Hague” issue arrest warranty to these international human trafficker? One thing Eritreans can do is to expose the criminals in the mass media for all to know.

      Deki Ere, stay on course for TSINAT is our strength and NIQHAT is our weapon of defense!

  1. To be frank, this looks like a fairytale which is there to be there for any one who would like to listen. The author could have said a lot more important things than filling a page of a website with a common fairytale that we are fed up with. Binyam is an Eritrean and he has a heavy burden to carry on his shoulder like every Eritrean who is seeking for change but that doesn't mean Binyam has to sell his identity and his possible future hopes to Western Jouranalists who act like a wolf in a sheep skin. The Author sound like a typical Western Media mafia who is there to mislead soft Eritrean souls.Eritrean might have a genuine will and zeal to change their country into Earthly heaven and that can only be possible if eritreans are aware of the MUlti-acts and double standrds of the Western medias and their Engineers.

  2. To be frank, this looks like a fairytale which is there to be there for any one who would like to listen. The author could have said a lot more important things than filling a page of a website with a common fairytale that we are fed up with. Binyam is an Eritrean and he has a heavy burden to carry on his shoulder like every Eritrean who is seeking for change ,but that doesn't mean Binyam has to sell his identity and his possible future hopes to Western Jouranalists who act like a wolf in a sheep skin. The Author sounds like a typical Western Media-mafia who is there to mislead soft Eritrean souls.Eritreans might have a genuine will and zeal to change their country into Earthly heaven and that can only be possible if eritreans are aware of the multi-acts and double standrds of the Western medias and their Engineers. – See more at: https://tesfanews.net/archives/12293#sthash.Zh

  3. Who cares about Pedophile Leonard Vincent. Pedophiles like Leonard Vincent are on the attack coz few countries like Eritrea and Zimbabwe with balls don't give access to the child abusers and faggs like this ugly Vincent. Mr Vincent Eritrea doesn't want you go to those countries that compromise their dignity for few handout.

  4. Better to be on the side of your people all the time, than selling your country to the highest bidder as a political prostitute.

    That’s exactly the opposite what Biniam is doing right now. He is paying back the favor to Leonard Vincent and the NGO Reporters with out Border as a tool he is good at – propaganda!.

    But at what cost?? At the cost of selling his people and country (let’s forget the government) in the name of democracy? What an excuse? We told you all the so called oppositions are opportunists and their are after their interest. They don’t care about the people but each time they find it suitable, they raise the people’s card to buy the popular card. Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you.

    Sham on you Biniam. Don’t forget you are an enemy of the people and the state. Wait your turn. You will be judged in due time. Hasus!

  5. Many Questions to Biniam and Leonard. But how about this one:

    1) How did Biniam knew about Leonard Vincent? Who gave him the contact and why? Is it because Vincent is know for doing trafficking of Eritreans?

    2) Biniam told Vincent he is the next on the list. Did he commit a crime back home that he is worried to return back?

    3) As any one who does a crime have a perfect excuse, what is Vincent’s excuse for getting in to the trafficking business? He won’t going to say because he is doing a favor for the poor soft souls.

    4) As for any new immigrant, getting a job in Europe is not easy. So does for Biniam. But what type of job for the sake of a job? But to work for a project that already established to harm the people and country of your fathers and mothers is more than an opportunist. Is it because he wants to pay back the favour made to him even if it is hurting his people and country?

    5) Why Leonard Vincent freaked out when PIA asked the UN to hold an independent investigation on human trafficking of Eritreans? Is it because its trafficking network includes some NGOs, diplomats, journalists and immigration officers?

    6) Unlike other traffickers, Leonard Vincent used his victims in different anti-Eritrea projects than accepting money for the service. In his own account, he used anyone who was a journalist in Eritrea and he helped one way or another to traffic them in to Europe in to his Radio Erena project.

    7) How about the other type of professionals? What other project does he have for them? How about for the illiterate?

    8) Is there any connection between him and the hooligan collection under Dan Connel camp?

    9) Is he in any way in competition with Dan Connel to trafficking Eritreans for their respective anti-Eritrea projects?

    10) Does he know every episode has an ending (a happy and sad ending)? Does it cross his mind that he is also endangering his life for being an anti-Eritreans? Does it crossed his mind that his illigal and criminal projects will cost him dearly at the end of the day?

    11) etc …. you fill it the rest

    1. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it still is a pig!!! Do you even read what you write mum?
      1) if Biniam had plan to defect, he would get hold of such name, reporters without borders…no brainer!
      2)Uway..Uway ane!! If you see an execution team wack your mates one after the other, do you wait in line or save yourself…. Will let you think of this, hoe it doesn't keep you awake.
      3)lookup trafficking before you label people that.
      4)telling the truth is what he is doing, and n doing so helps his people! Ohhh, u think not? Elaborate…
      5)don't know he did, but if he is a thinking average human like the rest of us why not… Where has DIA been all this time our people have been killed, drowned raped….. Guess DIA is just trying to save his skin since he sees the end come..
      6) no brainer….. If you think more ou might get this one too.
      7)illiterate, where in adi? I thought all of them defected or left the place….
      8)hehe, u mean the here's that are trying to take back what is rightfully ours…the people's property? I hope there is a connection!
      9)…
      10) look yourself in the mirror and ask that question…. U r on the wrong side of history!!

      1. Aboy Abraham,
        Entay eyu weriduka? Kan beqa Wala Tinfer Tel Eya koynu ko zerebaka. The guy shouldn’t have to fear to be asked by Security if he believes he is clean. How can you be sure that he is, while he deep inside knows he is not?

        Secondly, though Biniam is a TV presenter (can call him journalist if you like if he qualifies for that with out the merits and qualifications of journalism), and as you tried to tell us, of course, he need to contact for Reporters without Borders if he needs to be trafficked or to get asylum (we never heard of such thing before anyway), the qestion still comes is, WHY VINCENT? He has left RWB long time and he no longer represent RWB and if any “journalist” who needs HELP from RWB shouldn’t call VINCENT unless otherwise he is good at trafficking or smuggling in an illigal way.

        A pig is a pig even with a lip sticks. Do not justify the wrong doing of people like Vincent just becaus you want to defend Biniam for his defection. The point here is not why Biniam defects BUT to open your eyes with the perpretors own account of how he does trafficking of Eritreans and employe them in different anti-Eritrea activities.

        If not he is well know of HELPING others in such trafficking and smuggling activity, there is no way Biniam knows or being directed to contact Leonard Vincent. Take this with a grain of salt.

  6. look at these hypocrites!!

    when we do nothing at all, they accuse us of human trafficking !
    when they do it, they make it seem as if its ok, or noble to the point where they even boast about it !

    All who oppose us and our government need to see the opposition for what they are !

  7. How dare you, Biniam?! We all know lots of make belief stories about people wanting an asylum status. Binaim Simon went way beyond that, and become just a shear opportunist. It has become clear that Binaim is so cheap to let himself be just another character for an adventurist "Journalist"'s suspense kind of writings. What now?

    1. O you right senay, nayzi mo halefa alewo. Haki kisab ziqala eko kunetatu sa'eriru. Hopefully finally it will be for our country favor. God will make it, the truth is coming out, the hidden bads exposing out, shirhitat weyanen, nay senefat dekihager yehwatnan koto kifeshil eyu. Then peace ful and sweet erirea for eritreans forever. God bless eritrea and eritreans

  8. I never put my finger on the hynas but the flesh. Rather precious flesh. The hynas are always working hard to please their greed. Poor african, with their GOD given resources always being hunted by these wild and greedy humans. We African either collectively or individuals are responsible for exposing our precious resources , choosing to be an agent on the cost of our SIWUAATNA. _Making history is a novel but licking hayna's whatever is BIG SIN. Our hero siwuaat trade their life to destroy a Tank so as the comming generation could earn the freedom. Now few greedy 'Eritrean' are dying to trade our freedom haynas.
    I would suggest these people who are trying to discount our precious freedom, need to be deleted official from Eritrean dBASE.

    EPLF AND ERITREA FOR EVER
    SKRI SEMAATATNA.

    1. You Afaf wish and dream the impossible one…..stop this shit and help your poor families out of that Hell Eritrea….Toblaq hamema ruguooo

      1. you do not have anything to make a point. instead you resort to a cheap reply by using abusive, ugly words. That is not the way. The way is just to make points that convince people. put your reasoning and try to convince people.

  9. The human trafficker confesses to the crime of smuggling people and then the Eritrea government is the one to be blaimed for it wake up people.

  10. This is how they call it "Falling on their fucken Sword" Excuse for my language. A sweatening episode from his good for nothing book is now hunting him down.

    Bad boys, Bad Boys, What you gonna do, what you gona do when the Law comes for you!!!!
    LOL

  11. Now guys, stop and look at the facts. Biniam contacted this Frenchman not the other way around, he didn't need conviction nor did he need encouragement, he had made up his mind to defect and that is exactly what he did. Only thing the french guy did is provide help to the poor soul, now that is nothing  close to humantrafficing as some of you are trying to pretend it is. No where close! 

    On Biniam, he had his reasons for sure, knowing how his workmates were rounded and arrested and on top of this he also knows the history of the regime and it's jailing policies… No one blames him for defecting. Am sure none of you hypocrites would have done anything differently had you been in his shoes. The day you decide to move back to adi for never to come back to the democratic west, don't travel abroad every year to "renew" your diasporaship so as to be exempted from drafting…that day you can criticise people like Biniam, til then you are only bad mouthing the man in the mirror.

    Now, you talk a lot about international law, breach of this and that law.. Good, I am for a lawfull society and that is why I want one for my people in Eritrea. So if you want mr.leonard here on trial for helping Biniam escape, how come you don't want DIA asked to answer for the many he has put in jail for so long, for the extortion of families whom kids have defected, just to name some cases?

  12. I cant believe tesfanews put this article on their site. I thought they only put pro PFDJ articles. I am really shocked. Another man safe in Europe. Africa is tough life. More freedom, more opportunities in Europe, America and places like Australia. Don't hate on the guy who wants a better life and wants to leave a repressive regime. Good for you Biniam and good luck on your future life. Much love.

  13. No critical comments allowed anymore, mine denied publish. Guess tesfanews likes to hear only ekko of his own news…. So much for free speech!!!

  14. Hey Guys
    We all are entitled to our opinion about what is happening in Eritrea today. A leader may come and a leader may go. But Eritrea will live for EVER.
    Traitors & sellouts like Biniam who trade their country for a better life in the West will are apear and disappear in our life time. All those who betrayed their country like Tecke Aden in its crutial moment are now still living in hiding.
    Once Eritrea overcomes these challenging times, those who betryed it will live in hiding once again scattered through out the Western capitalies.
    And time will come that we will be the witness of this historical moment.

  15. Now guys, stop and look at the facts. Biniam contacted this Frenchman not the other way around, he didn't need conviction nor did he need encouragement, he had made up his mind to defect and that is exactly what he did. Only thing the french guy did is provide help to the poor soul, now that is nothing  close to humantrafficing as some of you are trying to pretend it is. No where close! 

    On Biniam, he had his reasons for sure, knowing how his workmates were rounded and arrested and on top of this he also knows the history of the regime and it's jailing policies… No one blames him for defecting. Am sure none of you hypocrites would have done anything differently had you been in his shoes. The day you decide to move back to adi for never to come back to the democratic west, don't travel abroad every year to "renew" your diasporaship so as to be exempted from drafting…that day you can criticise people like Biniam, til then you are only bad mouthing the man in the mirror.

    Now, you talk a lot about international law, breach of this and that law.. Good, I am for a lawfull society and that is why I want one for my people in Eritrea. So if you want mr.leonard here on trial for helping Biniam escape, how come you don't want DIA asked to answer for the many he has put in jail for so long, for the extortion of families whose kids defected, just to name some cases?

  16. My rule of thumb: "Never waste time 2 respond to imbecile quislings who have long capitulated and sold their souls to foreign masters"

    1. Hi All,
      Eritrea will always have enemies if we do not watch the hard gained INDEPENDENCE and HARMONY with our eagle eyes and sharp brain I mean UNITED! we will always suffer of our selfishness. Yes Eritrea is watched from all sides not to make a move of development, through sanction. Our enemies are awake day and night watching our steps and are ready to destroy our UNITY …..
      https://europa.groenlinks.nl/files/Letter%20Eritre

      2. And there you have our Gallant Eritrean Youth who stand tall and proud to defend and ready to die for what our martyrs died for. We have the promise to keep Eritrea afloat in the name of our martyrs today and forever because ERITREA COMES FIRST!

      Wake up! smell it brother and sisters and be wise
      because we have ONE and ONLY E R I T R E A!!!! …..ajokha hzbey nkhes…..khalif iyu kulu !!!!

      HADINETNA WAHIS HLAWENA!

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