Radio Erena: 10 October 2017

The Ethiopian government has released a total of 3 (three) Eritreans from prison.

The three Eritreans – 2 (two) of whom were employees of the Eritrean Ministry of Information and one from the Ministry of Defense, were under the Ethiopian custody for the past 11 (eleven) years.

The journalists identified as Saleh Gema and Tesfalidet Kidane and the member of the ministry of defense – who is only identified by his first name as Samson, were detained by the Ethiopian forces at the attack launched by Ethiopia against the Somali Muslim extremist group of Al Shebab in 2006 in the Somali capital of Moqadisho.

Radio Erena: 10 October 2017

According to the information from Radio Erena sources, the two pilots lost their lives on the 25th of September as their fighter jet crushed while on a routine training in the western part of the country – in the vicinities of Balwa of the Ansseba zone.

The victims of the crush, who have only been identified by their first names as Captain Eden and Captain Yonas, were reported to be veteran pilots.

The Air Force is believed to face lack of human resources as many of its pilots seek asylum at a host country when they are sent for training abroad or flee to the neighboring countries of Ethiopia and Sudan. This, according to many sources within the force, is attributed to the authoritarian and incompetent administration in addition to inefficient planes owned by the force.

Radio Erena: 05 October 2017

Many schools in various parts of Eritrea are reported to be delayed due to shortage of teachers.

According to sources from different parts of the country, the delay for the 2017/2018 academic year, which is mainly seen in the Southern and Anseba zones as well as remote rural areas of the country, is because majority of the teachers did not report back to their respective schools by mid-September as announced by the Eritrean Ministry of Education.

This comes to show, schools, like other government sectors, are faced with lack of human resources, noted the sources.

Radio Erena: 05 October 2017

Government of Eritrea detains 2 (two) members of Bizen Monastery in retaliation to the denunciation by the Monastery against 2 (two) bishops for the Orthodox Church who are believed to collude with the PFDJ.

According to a press release published by the Synod of the Orthodox Church for North America, Europe and the Middle East on the 1st of October 2017, two holy men from the Monastery have been taken away by the country's national security agents following a strong condemnation issued against Bishop Lukas and Bishop Basilos for allegedly colluding with the ruling party - PFDJ.

Radio Erena: 02 October 2017

An attempt by the Eritrean ruling party - the People's Front for Democracy and Justice - PFDJ, to stop an Eritrean festival, which was organized by the City of Geneva, has been failed.

According to Radio Erena sources, the festival was planned for 22nd through the 24th of September by Pre en Bulle - an organization supported by Swiss government's Office of Integration - the city of Geneva chapter.

The representative of the PFDJ at the Eritrean Consulate in Switzerland noted to have made the attempt to stop the festival because it was organized without the knowledge and approval of the government of Eritrea.