Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope by Andebrhan Welde Giorgis

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MIAMI - Feb. 6, 2021 - PRLog -- Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope outlines the making of modern Eritrea in East Africa via the colonial system and its long journey to self-determination. The country's development is complicated by constant external intervention impacting the evolution of its modern history. Contemporary Eritrea's is a story of heroic triumph in struggle, of cruel betrayal of the original objectives and ethos of the war of national liberation, and of abysmal failure in independence. The book traces the evolution of the use of force to enforce conformity of thought during and after the war, in violation of the rule of law, basic civil liberties, and human rights.

The book situates Eritrea's record in nation building, state construction and economic development in the postcolonial African setting. It depicts the fragility, and failure to deliver, of the prototype African state. Further, it portrays the present predicament of the Eritrean people, even as it decries the betrayal of the ideals and promises of freedom, democracy,  justice, dignity, and prosperity for which the war of independence was waged, and the great sacrifices made. Furthermore, it points the way forward.

According to Gareth Evans, Chancellor, Australian National University; President, International Crisis Group (2000-09); and Foreign Minister of Australia (1988-96), "Freedom fighter, scholar, central banker, diplomat, and now unhappy exile, no one could be better placed than Andebrhan Welde Giorgis to trace Eritrea's distressing slide from triumph to tragedy. It's a harrowing story, but the author tells it comprehensively, objectively and lucidly in this excellent study. The future can be rescued, as Andebrhan makes clear, but only if the past is understood, and the present confronted – by decent, concerned Eritreans acting with the moral, political, and economic support of the wider international community. May his voice be heard."

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