Would the New
Nakfa now in the bank buy you more chicken than the
Nakfa you took to the bank? More purchasing power than
the money you took to the bank? Just professional
opinion needed not laced with partisanship...
of chicken in Asmara has dropped to 100 Nakfa from 500
Nakfa last year.
“Eritrea is not Hell!”
Swiss politicians on Eritrea tour:
Susanne Hochuli, Yvonne Feri, Thomas Aeschi, and Claude
For years, asylum seekers from Eritrea occupy the
top spot in the Swiss asylumstatistics.
Nevertheless, no one seems to be interested in Eritrea
at large: Neither federal councilors, parliamentary
delegations, and even high-ranking officials who visited
Eritrea in recent years.
Since it was announced that Swiss politician traveling
these days for meetings with Eritrean government
officials, foreign ambassadors, the ICRC and locals
inside Eritrea, the excitement is great. As one of the
travelers, what can I [understand] after a week with of
many discussions with different interlocutors?
Surprisingly, there is a large consensus among the
interlocutors to rule that the vast majority of Eritrean
arrivals in Europe can be described as “economic
Economy Eritrea Nakfa Currency Simon Keleta
Eritrea: 2015 in Review: Economic Restructuring (Part 6)
.....One of these measures was the issuing of a
new currency. In November the government issued
Legal Notice Number 124/2015, which issued a
recall of all outstanding Nakfa currency notes
in exchange for newer notes over a six week
period. The exchange period started on November
4th and by January 1, 2016, the old notes would
Given the short period, criminals reluctant to
come forward with their illegally acquired funds
rushed to store value in commodities, leading to
mass commodity buying and temporary price
inflation. However, with the tightening of
monetary policy and the state-assisted boost of
supply in the market, prices of many goods have
begun to drop with the start of 2016.....
Importing war to Africa
...soon US boots in Africa, if not there yet?
U.S. military seeks to prepare Africa for shifting
By Emma Farge
THIES, Senegal (Reuters) - African forces began a
U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal
on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising
signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups
across north Africa and the Sahel.
arrested renowned trafficker from Eritrea
have arrested an alleged tug from Eritrea.The
man should belong to a smuggling ring, which is
responsible, among other things, a boat accident with
366 deaths. Saturday, 02/06/2016 - 18:27
Feb 04, 2016 - When American Major General Mastin M.
Robeson (pictured) accidentally met Eritrean President
walking alone in Asmara, he was impressed and knew he
was dealing with a confident man who was cut from a
different cloth. So it's no surprise when he returned
home to the states, he would defend Isaias Afwerki from
journalists looking to criticize him. Even with the ongoing demonization campaign against him,
Eritrean hard man still enjoys popular support among his
people. In fact, he's the only world leader that can be
seen walking around the capital without any security
detail. "Isaias doesn't need bodyguards," he told reporters. "He
goes around alone. He lives in a normal house. He
governs an African capital that is crime-free, without
slums, even though there are relatively few police."
Eritrean President Says
New Charter May Be Subject to Referendum Samuel Gebre
February 3, 2016 — 5:39 AM EST
Eritrea is in its second year of drafting a new
constitution and may submit it to a referendum by the
Horn of Africa nation’s people once complete, President
Isaias Afwerki said. “At this stage, what is required is a document that
reflects our aspirations and that is based on our values
and cumulative experiences,” Afwerki told local media in
January, according to a transcript published Wednesday
Eritrean Information Ministry’s website. The drafted
charter “will have to be extensively discussed in minute
details by the people and ratified through a referendum
or some other mechanism,” he said.
The Allegation by COA that Sexual
Abuse/Rape was Committed in the
Premises of the Eritrean Orthodox
Church in Rotterdam is based on
Outright and Elaborated Lies!
During the time I spent
researching/investigating the much
talked about issue in the Dutch
media, I visited several refugee
camps in the Netherlands, met and
held meetings and discussed the
issue with various Eritrean
community leaders and individual
members in order to gather
information so as to understand and
establish what the Eritrean
community’s perception is about the
I also twice met the heads of the
Rotterdam criminal police and held
thorough discussions, each time
lasting more than two hours.
Needless to say, everything which I
discussed with the police is audio
I also visited the COA headquarters
in Rijswijk twice and conducted
intensive discussions with the
uncooperative and control-freak
official representatives of COA.
an alleged sexual abuse involving
some 20 Eritrean teenage girls at
an Eritrean Orthodox church in
Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
According to some daily Dutch
newspapers, quoting the Central
Organ for the Reception of Asylum
Seekers, as many as 22 Eritrean
girls under the age of 18, all
refugee applicants, may have been
sexually abused and become pregnant.
On the basis of such scant and
unconfirmed reports, much to the
surprise of this author, COA has
taken a drastic decision and advised
the affected Eritrean teenage girls
and others not to attend services at
the church where the alleged sexual
abuse took place. There were even
suggestions to close the church