”Young Eritreans are fleeing their country in droves, the economy appears to be in a death spiral, Eritrea’s prisons are overflowing, and the country’s unhinged dictator remains cruel and defiant.”
This is how former US Ambassador Ronald McMullen described the situation in the tiny East African country of Eritrea according to cables leaked through Wikileaks. The “unhinged” dictator McMullen was describing is Isaias Afewerki, the country’s President since its independence in 1993.
Eritrea is among the six African states that were excluded from the first of its kind US-African Leaders Summit to be held from August 4-6 this year. Along with Sudan, Western Sahara and Zimbabwe, Eritrea’s President was not asked to join.
In this AFKInsider exclusive series we will examine “The Uninvited,” a group of countries under African Union, United States and/or United Nations sanction, forbidding them from participating in what will be the most prominent act of US-Africa top-level engagement in history. Continue reading »