Letters from Eritrea

Stories of Eritrean women reflect grave violations of human rights in their country and beyond. An autocratic government seeking to sustain military and political domination over a populace with diverse backgrounds, religions and ideologies, means numerous threats to the population. Fleeing out of fear of persecution or from the horrors during national service, the stories of nine women tell of the great risks they are exposed to and their experiences with traffickers who dehumanize them in every possible way including kidnapping, enslaving, sexual violence and organ harvesting. The abuse continues in first asylum countries like Sudan, also a country where women are subject to subordination and repression due to its regime’s ideology. The testimonies succeed in conveying harsh realities to face, and provide a personal insight into the struggles endured. A question emanates: where will the journey of violence and abuse of women end?