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About Selam Kidane

Selam Kidane is an Eritrean human-rights campaigner

Articles by Selam Kidane

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Eritrean exodus: living with risk

Eritreans are leaving their homeland in big numbers. Their experience of violence and trauma is at the heart of the process.  

Eritrea, a generation in flight

Many of the hundreds of Africans drowned off the Italian coast came from Eritrea. Why are they so desperate to leave their country, asks Selam Kidane.

Eritrea: the politics of food security

Eritrea’s people are sharing in the food hardships of the wider region. But their government’s authoritarian rule is intent on keeping their fate from wider view, says Selam Kidane.

Eritrea and Isaias Afewerki: a cold logic

The achievement of Isaias Afewerki’s regime in Asmara is to have used confrontation with its neighbours to entrench its survival. It is a political lesson that the international community still needs to learn, says Selam Kidane.

Isaias Afewerki and Eritrea: a nation’s tragedy

The political character of Eritrea's leader has transformed the hope of Africa's youngest independent nation-state into a nightmare, says Selam Kidane.

(This article was first published on 22 June 2009)

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