Sawa Defence Training Centre
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Sawa Defence Training Centre

The SAWA Defence Training Center is a military academy in the Gash-Barka region of Eritrea. It is where the Eritrean Defence Forces (EDF) recruits and national service conscripts are sent for basic military training. Since 2003, all local secondary school pupils have been required to attend their 12th grade at an institution proximate to the SAWA center in order ensure that they meet their mandatory national service obligations.[1][2]

In August 2019, Human Rights Watch reported that the students have been fleeing from the country to avoid training at the Sawa camps, where they are subjected to systematic abuse, torture, harsh working conditions and punishments, and also paid insufficiently.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ Connell, Dan; Killion, Tom (2010). Historical Dictionary of Eritrea. Scarecrow Press. p. 461. ISBN 0810875055.
  2. ^ "Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (Sawa Military Camp Overview Map)". Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  3. ^ "Young Eritreans Would Rather Risk Death at Sea Than Let Their Leaders Take Their Freedom". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Eritrean students forced into indefinite military, govt jobs: HRW". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2019.

Coordinates: 15°41?56.00?N 36°58?25.32?E / 15.6988889°N 36.9737000°E / 15.6988889; 36.9737000

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