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Sep 20, 2020 11 tweets 8 min read
Today’s #Yiakl #SundaySpotlight goes out to the organizers of
@RemEPOC in acknowledgment of their important initiative to help keep the memories of disappeared Eritreans alive until they get justice.

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Remembering Eritrean Prisoners of Conscience
@RemEPOC is a social media campaign that is dedicated to daily remembering at least one Eritrean Prisoner of Conscience and an accompanying daily narrative of the human rights situation of #Eritrea.

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#Eritrea today is a country where its best daughters & sons, including its sheiks, priests, pastors, ministers, diplomats, civil servants, army leaders, teachers, conscripts, poets, newspaper editors, singers, merchants, veterans and faith communities are illegally disappeared.
Indeed, except for the very rare gruesome tragic instances, it is impossible to find such a range of distinguished and extraordinary people ever thrown into jail, in tens of thousands, in our world’s contemporary history.

But, as if these grave injustices done to them is not enough, there is now - under Eritrea’s current polarized politics, deep societal divisions, the regimes’ continuing total denial or distortion of facts, & the continuing ‘rule of silence’.
These injustices are confounded by the vagaries of time and the frailty of human memory - a real danger that the fate of Eritrea’s tens of thousands of ‘enforcedly disappeared’ persons and the story of their loved ones’ might altogether be totally erased and forgotten.
@REmEPco through its daily remembrance of the stories of these disappeared Eritreans and the accompanying relevant narrative attempts to open a window into the advancement of our collective higher human conscience.
By doing so,
@RemEPOC aims to

1. help keep alive the memory of Eritrea’s disappeared and their families
2. arouse the best part of a nation’s’ slumbering collective conscience;
3. and finally, heal and reconcile Eritrea’s deep wounds & societal cleavages by appealing to Hammurabi’s Golden Rule, the principle of treating others as you want to be treated.

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@RemEPOC is run by few Eritreans on: Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Anybody who shares in the overall aims of the campaign can join the team by contacting the organizers at: remepoc@gmail.com
Thank you
@RemEPOC for taking on this very important initiative to counter the oppressive regime’s evil plot of erasing the memories of Eritreans who were made to disappear without charge or trial. We support you all the way!
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