March 4, 2013
As Africa’s newest independent nation in 1991, Eritrea quickly slid from hopefulness to conflict within a few short years. After three decades of dispute with neighboring countries, Eritrea has since been in a state of despair, and is seen as a regional outcast and impoverish police state.
On March 5, Simmons College will host the Warburg of International Relations panel discussion “Eritrea: When Does the Agony End?”, from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Main College Building (C101). The talk will focus on the country’s current status, including the tragedy and proliferation of human trafficking in recent years, and the prospects for positive political change. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.
Among the panelists featured will be Senior Lecturer Communications Professor, and Eritrean expert Dan Connell, who wrote a recent op-ed in the Boston Globe on Eritrea; Warburg Chair of International Relations and former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Mark Bellamy; and Adjunct Professor at City University of New York and Director of the International Commission for Eritrean Refugees Yebio Woldemariam.
The country’s current political status has been in repression under President Isaias Afwerki, who has caused a dwindling hope in democracy or respect for human rights. Despite numerous hardships, the country has remained resilient and confident that fundamental change cannot be delayed any further.
(Photo: Two boys at a Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia/Dan Connell)