The Asmara regime’s coercion and subjugation machinery are unparalleled.
It has built countless and mysterious network of jails and prisons all over
the nation and has more prisons than schools. Prisons are filled beyond
capacity and empty containers are used to house the overflow. It has
perfected the art of torture to such a degree, that the violence, horror, and
crimes that are committed in these prisons are very horrendous. No one
actually knows the number of detainees in these secret prisons, it is
estimated they are in the tens of thousands.
The economy is in shambles, mainly depending on smuggling and illegal arms
trade and human trafficking. Health Care facilities have decayed to such a
degree, that it is better to die at home than attempt to get any medical care.
Begging has become commonplace in the streets of Asmara. At bus stations,
and churches on street corners, children and women are seen begging. These
are respected people who had a dignified life, but were reduced to beggars
due to the death or conscription of the bread winner of the family and the
misguided policies of the Asmara regime.
Prostitution has become rampant in Asmara and Massawa. Young girls of
Eritrea had to engage in the world's oldest trade to augment the incomes
of their families. Asmara has become the flesh market for Sudanese tourists.
Read more: "Independent Eritrea" A crumbling nation and a tragedy.....
Kebedom Mengistu holds a copy of New Century, the community newspaper
he established for Eritrean refugees in Israel.
His newspaper, called Hadush Zemen (New Century), is printed in Tigrinyan,
one of the principle languages of Eritrea. It's aimed at the more than
40,000 Eritreans who have arrived illegally in Israel in the past five years.
Read more: Kebedom Mengistu's little newspaper