Exit Eritrea A Visit to 'Africa's North Korea'

After Syrians, refugees from Eritrea have the best chance of gaining asylum in Germany. But are conditions in the isolated one-party state really so brutal?
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A man in Massawa, Eritrea walks in front of the ruined Banca d'Italia building, left as a relic of the war with Ethiopia.

Foto: François X. Klein
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Eritrean exiles living in Europe often come home to visit their families and bring money.

Foto: François X. Klein
Foto: DER SPIEGEL
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan