Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea

Located beside Ethiopia and Sudan, Eritrea is one of the most censored countries in the world, so much so that it is frequently compared to North Korea. Eritrea won it’s independence back in 1991 after a bitter conflict with Ethiopia, the war itself lasted almost 30 years.

Since the end of the war Isaias Afwerki has been the one and only president of Eritrea, he enforces a strict control over the flow of information, limiting access to phones and the internet in order to prevent dissenting voices from reaching the people.

It is only through the means of pirate radio, cold calls, messages on banknotes and posters that dissidents manage to spread their message of resistance. In this episode of VICE News we follow members of the Eritrean diaspora community located in Europe as they try to raise awareness for the people of Eritrea.

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  • chip griffin

    the usa is getting just as bad and what they have planned is even worse. the state ran media has no shame, and have spoke their lies as truth for far too long now, the people refuse to stand even after killing 3000 people on live tv during the twin towers plane game. not one person has been held accountable to this day and is not even spoken of anymore. Even trump doesn’t have the balls to stand against this bunch and i am willing to bet he don’t see day one as our next president. it is too far gone for to long now. you must kill the snake before it grows to this strength, now all we can do is sit back and watch as the end comes down. the sad truth is we pay people to guard these very doors, we have lawyer on the payroll, but they have been bought. the dollar was greater than their our lives and freedoms. they believe they will watch, untouched by justice, they were wrong…