Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia!

by Elizabeth Burns
(Taos, NM)

I recently returned from two months as a volunteer English teacher in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One of my students was an Eritrean who fled his country on foot, walking for thirteen hours to get to Ethiopia.

He had been imprisoned for his religious beliefs; he is Pentecostal, a faith not recognized by the Eritrean government. His situation in Ethiopia is tenuous as he has forged papers and the Ethiopian government recently rounded up a group of people with illegal entrees.

He would like to come to America and I told him I would try to help him but I have no idea what to do. I thought of finding a Pentecostal church to sponsor him. I had him record his story in his native Tigrinya and am looking for someone to translate it for me.

Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I sent him a link to this site and told him to send in his story.

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