2 - The Promise of Liberation and the Reality of Oppression
Corresponding Author(s) : Daniel R. Mekonnen
Africa Review of Books,
Vol. 11 No. 2 (2015): Africa Review of Books, Volume 11, n° 2, 2015
The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF), which successfully brought about the country’s independence, was expected by the overwhelming majority of the country’s citizens to build a democratic state that liberates and transforms society. As the authors of this book note, many observers also saw the country* during the early years of its independence as a promising “model of African renaissance”.Roughly two decades later, however, Eritrea is widely regarded as one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world.