The Burden of Exile: A Banned Journalist's Flight from Dictatorship (Paperback)

The Burden of Exile: A Banned Journalist's Flight from Dictatorship By Aaron Berhane, Brendan de Caires (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Aaron Berhane, Brendan de Caires (Foreword by)
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In the strict dictatorship of Eritrea, a young reporter co-founds the first independent newspaper, publishes stories that anger the president, and then has to escape to save his life and his loved ones.

An idealistic journalist with a young family starts the first independent newspaper in the notorious police state of Eritrea -- one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. When the paper is shut down, he flees arrest and begins a dangerous journey to freedom, first across a desert, at night, into Sudan, pursued by Eritrean secret police, then into secret safe houses in Kenya. With the help of the United Nations, he finds sanctuary in Canada -- a place he knows nothing about. Meanwhile, his wife and young children are stuck back home, in constant danger of reprisal.

Berhane's story is one of bravery amid complicated international geopolitics, of spies, guns, and betrayal, and -- ultimately -- of triumph and the piecing together of family in a cold new country.

About the Author


Aaron Berhane (1969-2021) was an Eritrean Canadian journalist. Co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Eritrea's now banned largest independent newspaper, Setit, he escaped arrest in 2001 by fleeing to Sudan, then Kenya, and subsequently settled in Canada.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781459748545
ISBN-10: 1459748549
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English