Eritrea’s secretive and militarised society is one of the main sources of Europe’s refugees

IT’S described as “little Rome” — a city where beautiful architecture, a warm climate and “tantalising pastry shops” should make it a tourist magnet and great place to live.

In reality, life in Asmara reads more like a horror story.

It’s the capital of Eritrea, which is one of the most secretive and militarised nations on earth. A place where children are told to spy on their neighbours at age 13. Where boys and girls are forced into indefinite military service, from which they may not escape until they’re 70 years old. Where disappearances are common and cities are criss-crossed with checkpoints and guards on the border will shoot-to-kill if necessary…Read More Here

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