Welcome to Eritrea: Inside the secretive state dubbed the ‘North Korea’ of Africa

Eritrea, in eastern Africa, has been likened to North Korea because of its brutal and secretive government. Source: SBS Dateline.

Over the past two decades, more than half a million Eritreans have fled their home country. They say they are escaping one of the most brutal and secretive dictatorships in the world.

BY EVAN WILLIAMS

Eritrea is one of the most tightly-controlled countries in the world.

When it comes to transparency and the freedom of the press, it’s considered the “North Korea” of Africa. 

The government monitors phone and internet traffic and runs an extensive domestic surveillance system. So getting any information out, let alone secretly shot footage, is extremely difficult.    

The only way to get any physical evidence was to smuggle in a camera and smuggle the same camera back out through a tight knit group of activists determined to help the world understand their plight. 

Read more:SBS dateline

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