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About the Contributors Taha Al-Qasim Taha Al-Qasim is a PhD student. His areas of specialisation in research include unaccompanied minor refugees, development studies, education and conflict, children’s right-based approach, gender, and migration, with a primary research interest in Eritrea and Sudan. He is also interested in research on displaced young people, youth agency and peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa. Francois Christophe Francois Christophe is a political risk analyst specialising in SubSaharan Africa. In 2008–2009, he served as political attaché at the Embassy of France in Asmara, Eritrea. As a private consultant, he led fact-finding missions to central Africa and the Middle East to report on the security situation and political stability. Francois Christophe holds a Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris. Meron Estefanos Meron Estefanos is a human rights activist and journalist. She is a radio presenter for Radio Erena, as well as co-founder and director of the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees in Stockholm, Sweden. Among other publications, Estefanos co-authored ‘Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees between Life and Death’ (with Van Reisen & Rijken, 2012) and ‘The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond’ (with Van Reisen & Rijken, 2014). In 2012, Meron Estefanos received the Dawit Isaac Award and was acknowledged as a ‘Forgotten Hero’ by The Guardian (2016). Zecarias Gerrima Zecarias Gerrima is vice-chair, staff writer and media coordinator of African Monitors, an Eritrean Human Rights organisation based in Uganda. Before leaving Eritrea in 2014, Zecarias Gerrima graduated from Asmara University in Applied Geography and History in 2003 and worked as a journalist for the Ministry of Information with Eritrean Television Service (Eri-TV) until 2013. After moving to Uganda, he worked with the Eritrean National Forum for Dialogue as a staff writer for Radio Medrek ( In this position, he wrote commentaries and current affairs analyses on Eritrean politics. Eyob Ghilazghy Eyob Ghilazghy is co-founder and executive director of Africa Monitors, an Eritrean human rights organisation based in Uganda. He is also secretary of Pen Eritrea, an association of writers and journalists in exile that promotes freedom of expression. Eyob Ghilazghy holds a Bachelor in Plant Sciences from the University of Asmara and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. He has also previously worked as teacher, food security officer, monitoring officer, agronomist, human rights defender, researcher and journalist. Susan Höfner Susan Höfner currently interns at Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) as research assistant. She recently graduated from Utrecht University, where she undertook a Master of Arts in Applied Ethics. Susan Höfner also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth. Selam Kidane Selam Kidane is a PhD student at Tilburg University. She is a psychotherapist, writer and human rights campaigner. She has been director of Release Eritrea since 2004. Since August 2016, she has been the Project Manager at Race On The Agenda (ROTA), where she develops and manages mental health projects for Nepalese, Tamil and Somali communities in West London. Previously, she worked for Enfield Council (2006–2015), the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (2000–2006), the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (1998–2000), and the Camden Family Support Unit (1994–1998). Selam Kidane holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Westminster and a Master of Science in Systemic Therapy from University of London. Sacha Kuilman Sacha Kuilman is currently undertaking a Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po (PSIA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the Liberal Arts and Sciences from Amsterdam University College, where she focused on International Relations and Political Sciences. Between September 2015 and March 2016 she interned as research assistant at Africa Monitors. Daniel Mekonnen Dr Daniel Mekonnen is an Eritrean human rights lawyer and a former Judge of the Central Provincial Court in Asmara (Eritrea). He is currently a guest writer at the ‘Writers in Exile Program’ of the Swiss-German PEN Centre in Luzern. Having lived and worked in eight different countries, he was a senior legal advisor and research professor at the Oslo-based International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI), a visiting fellow at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, a post-doctoral researcher at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and a research fellow at the School of Law in Queen’s University Belfast. His most recent book (co-authored with...


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