Radio Erena: 11 November 2014
Dan Connell said how depressing it is to hear Eritrea – the once hope of Africa, as one of the top news makers that produce influx of refugees.
In an interview he gave to Radio Erena , Dan pointed out that Eritrea’s hope after the long popular struggle has been tarnished by the dictatorship that reigned following the victory. Dan said he believes change is imminent in Eritrea.
Dan said that his relationship with the government of Eritrea ended with a ban for re-entry to the country 2001 following his interviews with Asmarino.com, regarding the government’s crackdown on top government officials and the free press.
2005, Dan was able to publish a book entitled ‘Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners’. In 1993, Dan published his first book on Eritrea entitled ‘Against All Odds’, ‘Rethinking Revolution’ in 2001, a three-volume series- ‘Eritrea: A Country Handbook’ in 2002, ‘Taking on the Superpowers’, ‘Building a Nation’ and several other articles on Eritrea.
Dan has currently been interviewing Eritrean refugees in Italy and the port city of Calais-France for his upcoming book on the dire issue that has threatened the country’s future. He had previously done similar visits to Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, Sudan, Israel and the United States.
Dan, whose affiliation to Eritrea is dated back to 1977, began rallying for the Eritrean cause for independence by publishing articles in various international media outlets in 1979.
Dan Connell is a Visiting Scholar at Boston University’s African Studies Center and a retired senior lecturer in journalism and African politics at Simmons College. Dan is also a researcher, writer and photographer.