In recent years, it has become quite common to hear Eritrea, a young, low-income, developing country located within the volatile, politically-fractious Horn of Africa region, derogatorily described as isolationist, secretive, the “North Korea of Africa,” or even the “hermit kingdom.” While such statements suggest Eritrea remains detached from the global community, closer analysis reveals that they are clichéd, cursory, overly simplistic, and incorrect. In fact, one seasoned Western ambassador based in Asmara recently quipped, “those who compare Eritrea with North Korea have not been to North Korea and certainly do not know Eritrea.”
International Tourism Day will be celebrated on the 27th of September under the theme “Millions of Tourists: Millions of Opportunities.” The theme indicates that as more tourists visit a given country, a variety of opportunities arises for the people of the host country.
Statistical data show that over the past century 30% of Eritrea was forested. That percentage has now been reduced to only 1%. The alarming forest reduction and deforestation has been reportedly caused by a combination of population growth and the growing need of arable land, poor condition of resource use practices, the armed struggle for independence, and the destructive practices of colonial exploiters.
We live in a world divided between those living with surplus of food production and the others on food insecurity. While tons of foods are thrown away every day in the Global North, strive for food security continues in the Global South, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Famine is economically debated and different approaches rose to explain this phenomenon. In the 1960s and 1970s, causes of famine were due to a food availability decline (FAD) according to Malthus’ viewpoint of overpopulation.
Entrepreneurs and their small-scale enterprises have been correctly tagged as the engine for sustainable economic growth and innovation throughout the world. Entrepreneurs, supported by the massive technological discoveries and innovations they brought around, are indeed the life line of the global economy.
The history of the Eritrean struggle for independence is surrounded with full of heroic feats by individual liberation fighters in different capacities from the leadership to the rank and file of its members. Each liberation fighter has his/her own history to tell and remember and with proper documentation that would enable generations and historians, with special interest about the Eritrean struggle for independence, have the full picture of what the Eritrean people have to go through to gain their independence and put their country in its right place in the annals of history.