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UNHCR Calls For Help To Stop Abduction In East Sudan

On January 25, briefing reporters from the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming described the dire circumstances in the Shegerab refugee camp of Eastern Sudan, which hosts tens of thousands of refugees, and the “rising incidents of abductions and disappearances of mainly Eritrean refugees.” UNHCR reports that …

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Leaders of Banned Churches Hunted, Arrested

The Christian News Network, a US-based news and information provider, reported yesterday that the Eritrean regime has arrested 10 leaders of Christian denominations who were officially banned in 2002.  The report says that the arrests started on Thursday the 17th of January and it quotes a source who explains that …

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January 21: A Closer Look

It’s much bigger than we thought. The events of January 21st, the takeover of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information by members of Eritrea’s military for twelve hours, cannot be understood properly unless one has been following Eritrea’s exiled opposition media for the preceding 3-4 months.  These include the Paltalk rooms in …

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Achtung: Forto 2013 in Frankfurt

From Eritrean activists for democracy and human rights in Frankfurt, Germany: “After some heated exchange, the group of activists were asked by police to make their way downstairs into the lobby for a major body search operation (to ensure that the visit had been one of peaceful intent). One activist …

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Down (Literally) With Nevsun

Schadenfreude  (ˈʃaːdənfrɔydə) (noun): “malicious joy in the misfortunes of others,” 1922, from Ger., lit. “damage-joy,” from schaden “damage, harm, injury” (see scathe) + freude, from O.H.G. frewida “joy,” from fro “happy,” lit. “hopping for joy,” from P.Gmc. *frawa- (see frolic). Application: I feel a delicious sense of schadenfreude when Nevsun …

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Its Not True–But At Least It Is Coherent

Well, when you say nothing happened, you can’t explain what happened.  But the world knows something happened and you know you can’t go on saying nothing happened.  That’s the quandary of the Eritrean regime.  But it is not its first quandary, and it always stumbles around for an answer.  It …

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We Missed You Too…

… our loyal readers, writers, commenters… but that is another story, a much, much smaller story compared to what is going on back home. So that story will have to wait.  gedabnews.com has been re-purposed and, until awate.com returns, it will be our meeting place. 1. To contact us by …

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London Calling: Forto 2013

London Calling… Eritreans in the UK occupy the Eritrean embassy in solidarity with Eritrean soldiers who occupied the Eritrean Ministry of Information at Forto in Asmara. They call their campaign “Forto 2013” and, in symbolic move, remove rule by man (Isaias Afwerki’s picture) and replace it with rule of law …

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The View From The Dark Side

When we last read madote.com, it had told us (on 11/27) that Ali Abdu had returned to Eritrea*. Now, madote.com is saying nothing happened on Monday except that a handful of “terrorists” threatened to kill MoI employees , that the government gave them–the terrorists, that is, safe passage (“they were …

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Eritrean Regime Rounds Up Suspects Behind The Siege

1. As we reported yesterday, while the Eritrean regime publicly downplays the Monday siege of Eritrea’s Ministry of Information (MoI), it has cast a wide net to arrest anyone it suspects of having anything to do with the one-day occupation of the MoI building, aka “Forto” or “enda zena” and …

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The Uprising In Eritrea: A Prologue, Not An Epilogue

A day after young soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and held in captivity the employees of the ministry, resulting in the state television, Eri-TV, to go off-air, Eritreans have more questions than answers. Who were the soldiers? Did they really hold the Ministry of Information employees captive? Who was …

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Eritrean Strongman Asks Qatar To Mediate Dispute With Ethiopia

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki has asked Qatar to mediate his long-standing feud with “arch-rival” Ethiopia.   This message was communicated to the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalgn, by Qatar, while the Ethiopian prime minister was conducting a state visit. Isaias Afwerki has offered to attend mediation talks without any …

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Eritrea’s National Council Suspends Qernelios’ Membership

In its annual meeting in Addis Abeba, Eritrea’s National Council (aka Bayto or Mejlis) has suspended the membership of the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of the Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK) and its chairman, Qernelios Esman. The decision to suspend the membership of DMLEK until the next congress was passed by …

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Eritrea Requests Turkish Mediation

At the request of Eritrea, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmed Ogle, is expected to arrive in Asmara soon to help reconcile the Eritrean regime with the Somali government. The minister will be flying in from one of the regional countries after Ethiopia denied him permission to fly directly to Asmara …

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Egypt Trades Four Eritreans For One Egyptian Captain

A ship captain, Mohammed Esmat AlHlaisi, who has been detained in Eritrea since February and accused of being  a CIA agent, was returned to his home country after Egypt agreed to Eritrea’s request to deport back four Eritrean asylum-seekers, according to Al Wafd newspaper. What follows below is largely sourced from …

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