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“We, the priests in refugee camps among the Eritreans”

A journey to one of the least free countries in the world, which every month sees 5 thousand people in flight. A priest: there are families who wait for years in facilities, some end up committing suicide

A picture taken in some of the refugee camps between Ethiopia and Eritrea
A picture taken in some of the refugee camps between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Wherever one meets them – whether in refugee camps in northern Ethiopia, in shelters in Rome or Sicily, or in European capitals – the Eritreans communicate a sense of dignity and composure. They do not seem to come from a country that, piece by piece, is falling apart, standing out in the world as one of the worst places to be born and live. The initially autocratic tendencies of its paranoid president and prime minister Isaias Afewerki – in power since the independence referendum of ’93 – quickly became dictatorial, sowing terror continually among its just over 6 million inhabitants. As the 182nd country out of 187 in the Human Development Index, and the least free in the world, according to the 2015 report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (even worse than North Korea), Eritrea is crippled by misguided economies and spending sprees for weapons that reach the incomparable figure of 20% of the GDP.

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