Mary Harper, BBC Africa Editor, recently provided insightful presentation, sharing her experiences and observations about Eritrea. She is the Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and has reported on Africa for the past twenty years with a special interest in the Horn of Africa, reporting frequently from the region. Continue reading Presentation by Mary Harper, BBC Africa Editor→
The small North Eastern African country of Eritrea is often in the news these days. It’s one of the biggest sources of migrants to Europe. The escapees talk of repression at home of political decent being harshly punished, of media censorship and mandatory national service which can drag on for years.
A century ago, the country was under Italian colonial rule. It left a visible distinctive mark on the architecture of the capital Asmara. The city was once known as Picola Roma “Little Rome” even today many of its shops still have Italian names. There is a bar Vitoria, and Casa del formaggio. Continue reading Why Does the Outside World Hate Eritrea?→
Eritreans are celebrating 25 years of independence, which they gained on 24 May 1991.
The Eritreans – who fought a 30-year war for independence against the far larger and better-equipped Ethiopian army – are in celebratory mood, despite the country being criticised by human rights groups for its lack of democracy, free press and forced conscription. Continue reading Inside Eritrea: Bras, Biros and Backward Shoes in War Exhibit→