Eritrea is one of the most repressive countries on earth. It is widely referred to as “the North Korea of Africa ” – due to the government’s enslavement, torture and murder of its own people, even as they suffer from malnourishment and economic destitution. Thousands of Eritreans flee their country every month, in search of refuge and asylum. But often, as they flee, their problems are only beginning. They face torture and extortion at the hands of traffickers, pursuit by Eritrean agents who wish to capture, kill or extort them, disdain and imprisonment within countries of refuge, and mass drownings in the Mediterranean Sea.
The story of Eritrea and its refugees and asylum seekers must be told. It includes heroics and horrors that have not occurred elsewhere in recent history. Through this site we invite you to meet the refugees and asylum seekers, to learn of their journeys, and to assist in their quest for security and freedom.