Toronto is a multi-cultural city, and I have got a chance to share some experiences with different people who have different backgrounds as the city is the home of many immigrants. The frequent question that people ask here is "Why do you leave your country?" ... I could not explain the massive problems in Eritrea within few minutes. My usual short answer is: "We don't have a constitutional government."
With surprise the person asked me, "What do you mean?"
Me: "Eritrea has no any constitution at all."
He: "How the country is governed?''
Me: "By imagination"
He: "How do you elect your president?"
Me: "No election. The president is in power for almost 24 years"
He: "How do the people participate in their political affairs?"
Me: "No political participation; we have one political party; we have one TV; we have one radio; we have one website; and we have one newspaper ..."
He: "You must be joking"
Me: "I am not kidding. It is true."
He: "So guys what are you doing."
Me: "We are looking for political transformation in the country."
He: "It is good because you have at least a common cause."
Me: "It is true, but we have failed to establish a unified struggle for justice..."
He: "Do the people like your 'King'?"
Me: I started laughing at him. "Yeah some people love our 'king', because we could not appear in a better way to click the heart of the majority. Our struggle is being showered by narrow interests such as ethnicity, religion, region and personal/group interests."
He: "What about your nation, and why don't you democratize the state?"
Me: "We are not mature enough to think at nation level. We echo for democracy, but we could not internalize the values of democracy. We cry for absence of constitution, but we do not need to be governed by rules of law. We complain the government for not tolerating differences, but we never take differences as an asset. This is what we are... How can justice fall from the sky like a 'mana'?"
He: "Enlighten your people!"