2013 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 15, 2013
Eritrean journalist and activist Meron Estefanos relates how her homeland has become one of the most brutal dictatorships in Africa after gaining independence from Ethiopia. In 2001, the Eritrean government cracked down on reformers, shutting down independent newspapers and churches and creating an indefinite service requirement for the country’s youth, allowing the government to control younger generations. But the Eritrean youth are extremely resilient, and efforts both inside and outside the country are being made to fight the dictatorship and end the fear that Eritreans endure daily.