A recent study likened the “management” style of President Isaias Afwerki to that of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The only difference is Afwerki has not sought personal gains from office.
By New African Magazine
November 2011 Issue,
Once dubbed the “hope of Africa” by Western newspapers, Eritrea has since been lambasted as a rough state led by an authoritarian regime, paranoid about its larger neighbor, Ethiopia, with whom it fought a ruinous border war. A key ally of the US once upon a time, relationship soured in the early 2000s, as they did with the AU, the UN, other nations, and international organizations. Human rights groups often rank Eritrea as one of the worst performers.
But, though it has gone unreported, Eritrea is a country that may meet most of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. It has achieved considerable success in health and education, based on principles of self-reliance and social justice. As pictures of the recent famine in the Horn of Africa are broadcast across the world, Eritrea is missing from the narrative because in a short space of time it has made strides in developing a strong agricultural sector and a resilient economy. And it has done all this without donor aid or outside help. New African spoke to the Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. Continue reading