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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