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19 November 2017 07:06 (South Africa)

Eritrea blames neighbours for Somalia’s woes

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Somalia’s violence has been fuelled by interference from neighbouring countries, says Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki. He blames Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti for having fanned the conflict. And conflict there is, with Kenya and Ethiopia both accused of recent cross-border raids, following a 2006 Ethiopian invasion and fairly quick withdrawal. The Eritrean president is a former Marxist guerrilla, so being godless, one would think that he has no time for radical Islamist groups. But a week or so ago, Somalia’s foreign minister Ali Ahmed "Jengeli" said Eritrea should be punished for threatening the Horn of Africa region by supporting militant al Shabaab rebels, a group Washington says is linked to al-Qaeda. The US, Britain, the UN and the African Union also accuse Eritrea of supporting al Shabaab, with Britain telling the UN Security Council it is ready to punish Eritrea. But Eritrea’s Isaias says because the US is preoccupied with hunting terrorists, it complicates the peace process. We say, what peace process?

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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