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Posts By: Salem Solomon
Root Causes of the Mediterranean Sea Refugee Crisis
The bodies of helpless refugees awash the shores of Libya and pile the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. Most died in search of a dignified life. Those who survive face uncertain futures, discrimination and prison. Many of these refugees come from Eritrea, a country where freedom and opportunity are severely restricted.
The High Cost of a Disputed Border
Eritrea and Ethiopia fought a border war from 1998 to 2000. Thousands died, and animosities persist to this day. When the war ended, the international community formed a boundary commission to delimit and demarcate the countries’ shared border. The commission was responsible for reconciling each side’s border claims.
How Ethiopia’s Zone 9 Bloggers Represent the Struggle for a Free and Open Press
In April 2014, nine Ethiopian journalists were arrested and jailed under the broad interpretation of anti-terrorism laws. They were accused of working with opposition groups to overthrow the government. Yet no evidence of any wrongdoing has been produced.
Quiz: African Presidents
About 300 people have held the office of president across Africa. How much do you know about these heads of state? Test your knowledge on our presidential quiz.
Consigned to Oblivion: Deaths in the Mediterranean
Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers have become part of an international migration crisis. What do we know about these stateless wanderers? Why do the flee, and what happens when they cross the Mediterranean in search of a new home?
As Cycling Gains Traction in Africa, When Do Women Get to Ride?
Through sheer grit and determination, Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus became the first black Africans to compete in the Tour de France. People watched from all corners of the world as history was made. In their home country, exhilarated crowds in cafes and streets around Asmara cheered for Daniel when he received the King… Read more »
Quiz: Cycling in Africa
Barriers were broken at the 2015 Tour de France. Eritrean riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus were the first black Africans to compete. MTN-Qhubeka was the first African-registered team. And Daniel went on to become the first black African to lead the mountains classification. How much do you know about the history of cycling across… Read more »
Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa
Walking through an exhibition of West African Senufo art, one piece stopped me dead in my tracks. A featureless, three-foot clay figure stood slightly slouched. On its head sat an upside-down triangle resembling a tiny burlap bag. Hornbill feathers jutted upward. A plaque next to the figurine read kafigeledjo: “tell the truth.” The use of… Read more »