Miriam Hagos ist Ehrenmitglied von PEN Austria
frauensolidarität – Nr. 137, 3/16
Die vergessenen Heldinnen von Eritrea
Interview mit der Journalistin Amal Ali
von Ishraga Mustafa Hamid
Aged in her 50s with one daughter, Miriam was brought up by Eritrean parents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In the early 1970s, with a degree in commerce, she moved to the USA and was active in an EPLF-affiliated student association. She joined the EPLF in 1977 and worked in the information department in EPLF-held territory. Miriam was detained three times by the EPLF during the liberation struggle on account of her opinions. After independence in 1991 she worked in different government departments, and was Director of Cinemas at the time of her arrest. She was detained on 6 October 2001, apparently on suspicion of connections with the detained dissidents. She has kidney and eye problems.