Category: conversation

‘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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Unfolding Conversation with Seyoum Tsehaye: Reminiscences of War and Archiving Missions

Eritrea’s iconic photojournalist, former freedom fighter and first director of the state TV, Eri-TV, Seyoum Tsehaye is one the 16 journalists languishing in Eritrea’s infamous detention centers. Seyoum had solo photograph exhibition in 1997 in Asmara. Following the exhibition, Arts Lens magazine (now out of print) interviewed him. JJ Noalwi from Asmara has sent us

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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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How Eritrean Writer Abraham Tesfalul Zere Is Fighting His Country’s Oppressors from Abroad

Culture Trip’s article with journalist and fiction writer and PEN Eritrea executive director about the situation in Eritrea how is working to remedy it. Fiction pales in comparison to the reality of present day Eritrea. There are over 360 prison facilities (majority underground detention centers run/owned by military commanders who extort money for plea bargains)

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