Eritrean activist describes her home country as an open prison and the North Korea of Africa
(www.independent.ie) – The 25-year-old now lives in Norway, where she lobbies the international community to highlight the conditions in her home country.
Here is her dramatic story, as told at the One Young World summit in Dublin last week:
“I represent a humble but nevertheless oppressed and enslaved people; I represent a nation, whose current human rights record is beyond poor. I represent Eritrea, a country known otherwise, as an open prison; referred to as the North Korea of Africa by Human Rights Watch.
In an era where human rights is highly valued and guarded, Eritreans suffer severe human rights abuses in all forms.
The youth are forcefully conscripted to an indefinite military service, where their labour is exploited and they survive with just $10 a month. Worse, women conscripts are subject to sexual assault, by higher ranks in the military.
This is also my story.