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Understanding Eritrea : inside Africa's most repressive state

Author: Martin Plaut
Publisher: [New York] : Oxford University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The most secretive, repressive state in Africa is hemorrhaging its citizens. In some months as many Eritreans as Syrians arrive on European shores, yet the country is not convulsed by civil war. Young men and women risk all to escape. Many do not survive - their bones littering the Sahara; their bodies floating in the Mediterranean. Still they flee, to avoid permanent military service and a future without hope. As  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Plaut
ISBN: 0190669594 9780190669591
OCLC Number: 957635636
Notes: Publishing date from publisher website.
Description: ix, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. A Difficult History --
3. The Thorny Relationship with Ethiopia --
4. Quarrelling with Neighbours --
5. Foreign Friends --
6. From Freedom to Dictatorship --
7. Eritrea's Economy: Smoke and Mirrors --
8. The Flight from Eritrea --
9. Exile: Life for the Diaspora --
10. Opposition --
11. The Outlook for Eritrea --
Appendix 1: Leadership of Government, Military and Party --
Appendix 2: US Ambassador Ronald K. McMullen's Assessment of Isaias Afewerki, via Wikileaks --
Appendix 3: Algiers Agreement that Ended the 1998-2000 Border War Between Ethiopia and Eritrea --
Appendix 4: Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) (2005).
Responsibility: Martin Plaut.

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The most secretive, repressive state in Africa is hemorrhaging its citizens. In some months as many Eritreans as Syrians arrive on European shores, yet the country is not convulsed by civil war. Young men and women risk all to escape. Many do not survive - their bones littering the Sahara; their bodies floating in the Mediterranean. Still they flee, to avoid permanent military service and a future without hope. As the United Nations reported: 'Thousands of conscripts are subjected to forced labor that effectively abuses, exploits and enslaves them for years.' Eritreans fought for their freedom from Ethiopia for thirty years, only to have their revered leader turn on his own people. Independent since 1993, the country has no constitution and no parliament. No budget has ever been published. Elections have never been held and opponents languish in jail. International organizations find it next to impossible to work in the country. Nor is it just a domestic issue. By supporting armed insurrection in neighboring states it has destabilized the Horn of Africa. Eritrea is involved in the Yemeni civil war, while the regime backs rebel movements in Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti. This book tells the untold story of how this tiny nation became a world pariah.

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