Followers of this blog know I lived one year in East Africa, where I was covering the region from Nairobi, Kenya. I travelled to Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia and Ethiopia, but unfortunately not to Eritrea, where, you might know, it is very difficult for journalists to get in.
I only dreamt once I landed in its capital by mistake, the plane I was in having to organise an emergency landing... And as I dreamt once in 2010 I arrived in Niger by mistake and finally went in 2013 for an amazing series of reporting, I can only imagine Eritrea's time will come.
In the meantime, the country remains very closed because of the very harsh dictatorship, but recently reporters have done an amazing job to let it out of silence.
The current migrant crisis has some roots in Eritrea, where people suffer often too much to choose not to leave their homeland.
Here is a wonderful article about the story of two Eritrean men who had to flee.
Now the Guardian is what I call a newspaper. Please read and share.
Tale of two Eritreans offers glimpse inside Africa's most secretive stateAs thousands flee every month and reports of repression abound, two men’s diverging paths paint a more complex picture of life in Eritrea
Men in a cafe in Asmara. Much of the city’s architecture was built by Italian colonisers in the 1930s. Photograph: Ed Kashi/Corbis
‘I wish to return’
Guardian Africa series: Inside Eritrea
In 1991 Eritrea emerged from a 30-year war with neighbouring Ethiopia. For decades the small east African country had fought for its independence, and when it was finally won its 6 million people were full of hope for a bright, free future.
What you need to know about Eritrea – the Guardian briefing
What’s the story?
Why do so many Eritreans leave?
Just how repressive is the regime?
Where can I find out more?
In French, you can also follow the great work from Leonard Vincent to know more about life of Eritreans outside Eritrea:
Avant et après la publication du récit intitulé "Les Erythréens" en janvier 2012 aux éditions Rivages, son auteur a tenu un journal un peu particulier.
Notes d'écriture, impressions de voyages, confessions et réflexions sur l'investigation et le journalisme ont peu à peu fait place à la chronique incertaine de l'actualité de la petite Erythrée, cette dictature perdue de la Corne de l'Afrique.