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April 21 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Mon Apr 21 2014, 20:56:26

It couldn't have been more shocking to hear of the passing of our beloved Ahmed Nasser. it was only Monday that I heard him and my father laughing endlessly on the phone and on Wednesday he joined our martyrs and passed away. Not only was he an inspiration to the community, he was a family friend who I often encountered over the telephone and was fortunate enough to have met at the annual Kassel festival. I found that Ahmed Nasser was always very pleasant, attentive and gave sound advice   and I send my deepest condolences to his family.

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April 20 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sun Apr 20 2014, 10:08:02

"Has God deliberately blinded us, or is it that we are callous because we have seen too much suffering." Elsa Chyrum  challenged the Eritrean community, "We can't continue living our daily lives as if nothing is happening." She said our first objective should be "to remove this regime and to institute a system that respects human rights."

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April 17 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:57:41

Well, He seems to

have decided to let hurricanes blow

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April 12 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sat Apr 12 2014, 09:11:51

Speaking from the capital this afternoon they said: 'the sheer number of refugees making the crossing into Europe via Libya as well as the rising numbers of those crossing the border into Sudan and Ethiopia comes as no surprise to us here, everyone here talks about those who have left the country and the fact that the borders are virtually free of security forces'. The poor border control is believed to be a result of diminished capacity in the army due to the level of defections. ..

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April 11 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Fri Apr 11 2014, 14:06:05

Many languish in desert camps. Some have been kidnapped, tortured, and ransomed--or killed--in the Sinai. Others have been left to die in the Sahara or drowned in the Mediterranean. Still others have been attacked as foreigners in South Africa, threatened with mass detention in Israel, or refused entry to the United States and Canada under post-9/11 "terrorism bars" based on their past association with an armed liberation movement--the one they are now fleeing.

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April 9 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Apr 9 2014, 13:27:16

Every summer, representatives of the government ot Eritrea, dubbed the North Korea of Africa, are granted visas to come to Canada and raise money for the regime, which hundreds of thousands have fled.

A human rights group in Winnipeg and its lawyer, David Matas, are pressing Citizenship and Immigration Canada to make sure these people don't get a pass to come into Canada again this summer.

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April 5 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Sat Apr 5 2014, 14:47:17

Last year Europe received around 484,600 asylum applications, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). Among those, 21,293 were Eritrean refugees, the majority of whom had arrived by boat from Libya to Italy. ...

"There are 13,000 Eritreans ready to cross the Mediterranean as soon as the waters calm down," says Tsegay, an Eritrean smuggler who allowed me to interview him. ....

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April 2 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Apr 2 2014, 14:56:06


The small cramped quarters

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From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Apr 2 2014, 14:28:02

The Stop National Service Slavery in Eritrea Campaign, welcomes the United Nations Special Rapporteur comments on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Sheila B. Keetharuth,'s warning about persisting human rights violations in the Eritrea and particularly in the context of the Eritrean national service is something that the Campaign has been focusing on since its launch in January 2014.

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March 26 2014

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Wed Mar 26 2014, 08:27:41

Elsa Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), is starting a hunger strike today outside the Djibouti Mission to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, in support of 267 Eritrean refugees detained in Djibouti.

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