Investigating Post-liberation Eritrea

The Africa Today journal  devoted it’s recent volume (vol. 60 no 2) to research papers on Post-liberation Eritrea. Of the five papers in this special issue, four dealt with Eritrean immigrants and refugees. This demonstrates how much emigration and refugees define Post-liberation Eritrea–or simply ‘Eritrea’.

An introduction to the volume was written by the editor Dr. Tekle M. Woldemikael. The introduction titled “Postliberation Eritrea” gives a background on Eritrea and briefly describes the five papers in the volume:

(1) Globalization, Imitation Behavior, and Refugees from Eritrea.
by Assefaw Bariagaber (Professor, Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, USA)
(2) Civil Society and Cyberspace: Reflections on Dehai, Asmarino, and Awate.
by Victoria Bernal (Professor, School of Social Sciences,  University of California at Irvine, USA)
(3) The Catch-22 of Resistance: Jokes and the Political Imagination of Eritrean Conscripts.
by David M. Bozzini (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Anthropology Institute, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
(4) Ransoms, Remittances, and Refugees: The Gatekeeper State in Eritrea
by Amanda Poole (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA)
(5) Imagining Emigration: Debating National Duty in Eritrean Classrooms.
by Jennifer Riggan (Assistant Professor, Department of Historical and Political Studies, Arcadia University, USA)

In the coming posts, I’ll share my thoughts on each of these papers. First on the agenda is Dr. Assefaw Bariagaber’s “Globalization, Imitation Behavior, and Refugees from Eritrea” which I will post next weekend.

"You'll thank me later." ( Monk, the greatest detective in the universe)

“You’ll thank me later.” ( Mr. Monk, the greatest detective in the universe)

8 thoughts on “Investigating Post-liberation Eritrea

  1. It is better we tone down this rhetoric of nationalism . This nationalism has brought us havoc during the past 53 yrs . Ghedli and its values are responsible for destroying our identity .


    • tesfazghi dont be so emosional. you better to analyze what gedli means. May be you would be one of the epic nationals at last.


  2. I have tried to follow you as much as possible really! first of all i would like to express you my appreciation that you are making a remarkable progress on revealing the evil deeds of the despotic regime back home Eritrea. secondly just to remind you, I have a real doubt that i think you are also a one sided person on your analysis, especially when it comes the issues of religiouse violation as you repeadley point out. To be honesy I am not against it, rather fore it. but dont you think that expanding the ill-respective of the superpowers hidden agenda to dilute the dignified Eritrean culture as well as the most valuable eritrea’s own revolutionary history against many foreign powers would jeopordize our identity. I am making this comment from my nationalism point of view with all respect ofcourse.

    thank you


    • Dear Henok,
      Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry you feel my writings are one sided.
      If I understand you correctly you said you don’t have a strong opinion about religious violations. Choosing your own belief is a fundamental human right. Even God gave as the free will to choose. So I don’t agree with torturing and abusing people to force them to change their faith.

      There is nothing “dignified” in torturing families–parents and young children. I don’t believe this is Eritrean culture, but if I am wrong and it is our culture to do that, then this is a disgusting culture and has to be rooted-out.

      Also, as I understood you, you think the faiths being persecuted by the government are “superpower’s hidden agenda”. Well, this is an old Communist era argument that governments like Eritrea tell to make people insensitive when they are persecuting women and children, “you see we are persecuting a national threat. The people are victims of CIA propaganda, if it were genuine religious conviction, we would respect them.”…etc. If they are guilty of something, bring them before the court and let’s hear both sides, now that I am sure is Eritrean culture.


      • well let me say this, previously i have already ensured you my position on the current eritrean regime which i have never said it the government since i left the country. and they pretty much deserve it. it is totally an illegitimate political faction that doesn’t represent the will of the people people. let me tell you how i see the modern world if i may, you know the world is now becoming global, therefore if economy is global then science is individual. in this modern era, nations are becoming weak but globally strong. moreover nowdays the definition of democracy is taking another step or dimension if you like it. it isnt only the right to be equal, it is also the right to be different and the means to self expression.

        Now based on these idealogies any country will do whatever it is necessary to secure its interest both economically and politically. even if it is violations against humanity. we can see some countries try to be on the front to protect against gross human violations in different parts of the world. I call it hypocrsy at its best. they pretend to be the gardians of human civilizations, but the truth is the opposite. what i want to say is we eritreans have our own values, our own history and we must be proud of it. i am sure you are. we have to protect it and tell its stories with out any destortions and biases, b/c as you might know history is not a choise! I am always against PFDJ regime, but i have be aware and concern of my identity! by now every eritrean knows that there is no religiouse freedom in our country, the fundamental human rights are crashed by the most horrible regime in Africa. the sad thing is isayas himself is working relentlessly to erase the true history of our people and is committed to kill our heroes.

        of all the biggest historic mistake is the young eritrean people who were supposed to keep this extraordinary history are increasingly dumping it. Eritrea expects a lot from you brother and me. the nation has no more sholars or intelectualls anymore. we are responsible for its destruction eventhough we very often criticise the Tegadelti insanly.
        I would love to hear ur response



      • Thanks for clarifying.

        One thing I didn’t quite understand from what you say is you are outraged that the Eritrean government is abusing human rights. But than you said any government will do that to secure it’s interests.
        Forgive me if I am wrong, so you are angry at PFDJ because they are abusing human rights for the wrong reason. that is if it was for the right reasons (to protect Eritrean history… etc) you are ok with it??

        Another thing. The fact that some “hypocrite” countries defend human rights does not make human rights any less important or less genuine.


      • dear samuel

        I can not say that isayas didnt do it for his own interest or to secure his political power if you like it. but the fact is the matter, all countries have one undeneable fundamental causes whenever they decide to take action on anything that bothers them. and that is national interest, which i believe is necessary to pursue in this unjust and greedy world. it might not be politically correct to say it, but it is the fact! I am against all the religiouse and human rights oppresion that is being committed and still been continued by the tyrants not only in Eritrea also in variouse parts of the world. after all this is the main reason, why i left the the country.

        you know dictators are the most dangerouse people that can ever exist on earth, they pose a great deal of threat on societies. their ideology is always destructive, though they seem to be nobles and heroes who could only fight against foreign aggressions. for me those despotic regimes especially in developing countries are the intimate enemies of state who works with certain superpowers to eliminate the very values and norms of a country calliousely. I believe isayas is one of them. now if these are the facts and truth then who is responsible to protect and sustain our national history. i am sure you will say the young people, especially those who got a chance to proper education. i know it is difficult to bear it, it requires courage and determination but it is the only way to safe it. at last i want to say that we should hold these huge and paradixic responsibilities and we must not be jugmentals, we have it keep the balance. we should not undermine our history for bad.



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