Eritrea is one of the most repressive countries in the world. For five years, journalist Evan Williams has documented the regime’s abuse of its own people. With the help of secret recordings and testimonies, he confirms the accusations of torture, arbitrary deprivation of liberty and slave labor.
According to the World Bank, Eritrea had an average income of $490 in 2013, less than a third of the average in sub-Saharan Africa. In the same year, the Human Development Index ranked Eritrea as 182 out of 187 countries based on criteria such as life expectancy, education and GDP (life expectancy is 63 years and the average time in school is 4.1 years). In the World Bank’s report 2015 on conditions for conducting trade, Eritrea is in last place (189). Amnesty has reported thousands of political prisoners and the UN human rights rapporteur has been denied access to the country. The country has been living under UN sanctions since 2009.
A “Brief” on the book can be read here.