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Exile, Home and Nostalgia: In Conversation with Ribka Sibhatu

Sept. 30, 2020 Poet, communication scholar, and human rights defender Ribka Sibhatu (PhD in communication studies) has recently released a book in English, Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! (Poetry Translation Center, 2020). The collection–poems and folklores—has been translated from Italian into English by André Naffis-Sahely. Abraham T. Zere from PEN Eritrea has conducted a written interview with […]

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Twenty years later, Awate.com’s founding editor: “I never thought the freedom to talk would take this long”

Sept. 20, 2020 For the last two decades, awate.com has been the name synonymous with Eritrean independent media, where nationals inside the country would go through the discouraging internet connection and ubiquitous surveillance of the police state to have a glimpse of their country, as all independent media have been closed since September 2001. Indisputably, […]

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ዕላል ምስ ቀሺ ዮናስ ወልደሩፋኤል፤ ንመጽሓፍ እኩብ ግጥምታት እንቶሽን ካልእን

ፍቕረይ የማን* ኣብ መጋቢት 2019 ብኣሕታሚ እምኵሉ ተሓቲማ ንዕዳጋ ዝተዘርግሐት መጽሓፍ እኵብ ግጥምታት እንቶሽ ብቀሺ ዮናስ ወልደሩፋኤል፡ ደራሲ ኣብ መንጎ 1998ን ብቐንዱ ከኣ ድሕሪ ኣብ 2009 ንስደት ድሕሪ ምምራሑ ዝጸሓፎም 102 ግምጥታት ዝሓዘት’ያ። ግጥምታት እዛ መጽሓፍ፡ ነቲ ዝገልጽዎን ዝግለጽሉን ባህሊ በርቢሮም፣ እቲ ባህሊ መንነቱ ዝገልጸሎም ኣበሃህላታት፡ ምሳሌታትን ላዛታቶምን ኣለልዮም፡ ዳግማይ ከሺኖም ናብቲ ዝገልጽዎ ባህሊ፡ ስምዒትን […]

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‘Becoming a writer is an offense in the eyes of the regime’ an interview with Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu

Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrhatu is a household name in Eritrea. Arguably one of Eritrea’s finest women poets, a radio presenter, and short story writer, she also suffered six years of arbitrary arrest in the country’s most notorious military prison, a fate many Eritrean writers share because of their profession. In February 2009, the educational radio station, […]

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Conversation with artist Ermias Ekube

One of Eritrea’s best contemporary Artists, Ermias Ekube speaks with PEN Eritrea’s Mogos O. Berhane about his work, philosophy in art and exile. By Mogos O. Berhane Ermias Ekube was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He studied art at the Addis Ababa University- Alle School of Fine Arts and Design (ASFAD). He joined the School […]

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ዕላል ምስ ስነ-ጥበባዊ ኣማኑኤል ኣስራት

እዛ እትስዕብ ቃለ-መሕተት ስነ-ጥበበኛ ኤፍሬም ካሕሳይ (ወዲ-ዃዳ) ምስ ገጣሚን ጋዜጠኛን ኣማኑኤል ኣስራት (ካብ መስከረም 2001 ክሳብ ሎሚ ብዘይ ደሃይ ተሸሪቡ ዘሎ) ኣብ ናይ 17 መስከረም 1999 ሕታም ጋዜጣ ሰቲት ዘካየዶ ኢያ። እዛ ምልልስ ብብዙሕ መምዘኒታት–ርጡብነት ሕቶታታትን ዘየዳግም መልስታትን–ኣዝያ ብልጽቲ ኰይና ነዚ ክሳብ ሎሚ ኣብ ተመሳሳሊ ዓውዲ መኸዴ ዝመላለስ ዘሎ ኣምር ግጥሚ ብልጽቲ መወከሲት ክትከውን እትኽእል’ያ። […]

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