Zena Natsnet’s Lead Correspondent and EriSAT’s English Writer Daniel has got in touch with an Eritrean who lives in Eritrea. The user has agreed to give a brief testimony about Eritrea. Due to political persecution under the PFDJ regime, this person’s name and location will not be disclosed.
Question: Describe how it is to live in Eritrea and the political situation of it.
Anonymous Interviewee: Life as an Eritrean is both amazing and rough to be frank with you. I am forever blessed to live in a safe country where I can walk outside and there will be no mass shootings at all (except hyenas of course haha.) It’s more about what happens to you when you turn 18. From there, all that rainbow and happiness you have been thinking of for the past 17 years will come to an end when you have to serve national service.
For safety reasons, I will not discuss my situation in Algelgelot, but allow me to say this – the conditions in Sawa is inhumane. There is no drinkable water, people there has poor hygiene, and it smells like cheese whenever I go to sleep. Also, because of the lack of plumbing, it smells like feces everywhere.
When you start to get older, you become more aware and conscious of the government you are under as an Eritrean. I did not care about politics until I was scrolling on satellite TV and came across ATV Assenna and ERISAT. I believe there were a mix of truth and lies being told on Assena, and I watched ERISAT one time, and that was about Berhane Abrehe’s son.
As a young Eritrean, I speak for Eritreans when I say that Isaias Afwerki is the most unpopular president among the youth. The elders tend to like him more as they had family that has fought with Shabia and the Badme war has led the elders to think that “Isaias saved Eritrea from an invasion by the TPLF/Woyane.”
Now granted, TPLF is also not popular among our generation, fortunately we were old enough to know what they have done to our beloved people, but there is no justification to instill indefinite national service and imprison people who think differently than you. It is inhumane.
As for change in Eritrea, that will come in due time. Just how people say that Jesus Christ will come when nobody expects it – so will regime change in Eritrea. We plead with the diaspora to stop their negative smear campaigns in Eritrea and to always find the truth. No more disinformation, fullstop. “