The Eritrean Diaspora: from Passivity to Activism

Mr. Martin Plaut

The Eritrean diaspora were once very supportive of the Eritrean government that led them to victory in 1991 and the independence of their country in 1993. This is no longer the case. Backing for the government of President Isaias Afwerki has fallen dramatically and although there are still strong pockets of support their narrative about the regime no longer goes unchallenged. Powerful opposition has emerged, much of it not directly allied with Eritrean political parties. Yet while they are critical of the Eritrean government they are strongly attached to their country of origin. This paper is an attempt to investigate the emergence of this new social phenomenon.