Four Eritrean Catholic bishops have published a letter criticising life in the country, describing the country as “desolate” because so many people had fled or were in prison or the army.
Even though the letter-writers were careful not to directly condemn the government their move is risky and rare as Eritrea is one of the world’s most tightly controlled states.
Well known for its widespread torture human rights groups have referred to Eritrea as a “giant prison.” Amnesty International reports that on average about 3,000 flee the country each month.
In the 38-page letter, the bishops said Eritreans were moving to “peaceful countries, to countries of justice, of work, where one expresses himself loudly, a country where one works and earns.”
The Eritrean government has not yet commented on the letter.