Tesfagiorgis Habte

Firsthand Account of Four Years in Solitary Confinement in Eritrea’s Most Notorious Prison

June 30, 2012: It is an ordinary day in Mai-Serwa military prison camp, one of the most notorious higher-security military prison camps in Eritrea. Since February 19, 2009, when I was escorted from my office in the Ministry of Education, it has been 1,227 days in state custody. Like all prisoners here, every morning I ask the very same questions: “When am I going to be freed? What wrong did I do? Will I ever see the light of the day and rejoin my family?”

(Photo: courtesy of Abraham Tesfalul).