U.S. Congresswoman Bass Calls on Eritrea to Free American Citizen
Ciham Ali Abdu was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Eritrea. In December 2012, Eritrean officials apprehended her when she attempted to leave the country without a mandatory exit visa. Her family hasn't seen or heard from her since, despite attempts to learn about her whereabouts. An appeal for her release has been issued Rep. Karen Bass, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
Ciham Ali Abdu.
Another Birthday Behind Bars
HRW, 3 April 2019
The government of Eritrea has held Ciham Ali Abdu, daughter of the former information minister Ali Abdu Ahmed, in incommunicado detention for over six years, Human Rights Watch… Read more »
6 Years After Her Imprisonment in Eritrea, U.S. Citizen's Family Demands Answers
VOA, 8 December 2018
Ciham Ali Abdu has brown eyes and a broad smile. As a teenager, she found inspiration in art, fashion and language. Growing up in Asmara, Eritrea, she enjoyed time with friends,… Read more »
Human Rights Concerns Persist Months After Peace Deals
VOA, 13 October 2018
In signing a historic peace deal with Ethiopia and cooperation agreements with Djibouti and Somalia earlier this year, long-isolated Eritrea gained fresh opportunities to re-emerge… Read more »
Fate of U.S. Citizen Unknown After Four Years in Prison
VOA, 19 September 2016
Ciham Ali Abdu of Eritrea was 15 years old when she was arrested as she tried to cross the border into Sudan. Born in Los Angeles, California, she is the only American citizen… Read more »