OUR PRISONERS VS THEIR TORMENTORS: WHO FORGIVES WHO?

20 Dec 2016

Whenever we hear that a leader of a country pardoned some prisoners on the occasion of a new year or on Independence Day, many of us express our dismay, with a deeply-seated feeling of resentment, that Eritrea is an exception. We notice this expression of dismay among individuals, families, communities, and even the opposition media. A good case in point was a news item of Radio Erena on December 15, 2016 broadcast in which it was indicated that the Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, pardoned 5,678 prisoners on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the country’s independence, citing other examples that included Kenya, Cuba and Thailand, and expressing dismay that this has never happened during the 26 years of rule of the Eritrean Government