Episode 3 – Sulaiman Addonia

In this podcast the publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey talks with Sulaiman Addonia, who was born in Eritrea. He recently published his book ‘Silence is my mother tongue’. This book is part of the discussion but also other topics emerge. 

Eritrean novelist Haji Jaber: On writing the stories of the Falasha Jews

Jews have been dispersed over the globe. Sometimes by force, sometimes by necessity, sometimes looking for greener pastures. Due to this diaspora you will find Jews all over the globe. The airlifting of Ethiopian Jews to Israel got much media exposure.  The Eritrean writer Haji Jaber has researched a group of Jews in his recent … Continue reading Eritrean novelist Haji Jaber: On writing the stories of the Falasha Jews

Murder, migration and mother love:

He cycles with his son. What a peaceful image in the streets of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Riding a bicycle or riding a donkey. Belgium and Eritrea. What could be the difference? What could be the joke? Is is hard to tell about a world that is so different to the world of his … Continue reading Murder, migration and mother love:

Color is a language in itself

The poet is the one that seems to stand at the sidelines when there is talk about literature. Every time I discover a collection of poetry I am happy to pass the news on to a wider audience. This time it is about the poet Mahtem Shiferraw, a lady with Ethiopian and Eritrean roots. Her … Continue reading Color is a language in itself


On the cover of this book it is written that this book is a novel. Reading the book I travelled from novel, to autobiography, to guide, to informationcenter. It is a mixture written out of love for the people of Eritrea. The story centers around the journey of Wim (!) to Eritrea. He is in … Continue reading HET KOFFIERITUEEL