Some people call Eritrea the “North Korea of Africa.” But to two friends Chenkelo and Misghe, it is home.
In the picturesque capital of Asmara, these two educated young men are forced to choose between poverty and hustle as they hide from a national service conscription that would send them to the front lines. Charismatic Misghe is a charmer, a philosopher, and a loving son who is capable of having any woman in the city. But he’s about to flee his oppressive homeland—putting his longtime friendship with Chenkelo at stake.
Chenkelo is a consummate hustler, resentful of his lot but in love with his city and his country. He has a poet’s heart whose passion will soon fuel activism and a belief that Eritrea’s beloved national project can yet be saved.
Caught between the temptation of the Western dream and duty to their stagnated nation, Misghe and Chenkelo epitomize and transcend the trials and tribulations of an entire African generation. Amid the Chaos depicts the unflinching reality of a restless Eritrea in search of a meaning.
Targeted Age Group: over 18
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Nathan Haddish Mogos was born in 1982, to Eritrean parents in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He completed his higher education at the University of Asmara, Eritrea. Nathan has held several professions along the years in half a dozen countries; English teacher, a cadet in a heavy artillery brigade, salesman, tourist guide, sales promoter, waiter, bakery and food packaging staff, delivery man, mail distribution depot attendant, janitor, catering assistant, intern journalist, interpreter and translator right until he realized his dream as a published author. His first work of fiction, Mottak: An African tale of Immigration and Asylum was released in 2014 and 2015 as an ebook and paperback. The debut work was also translated to Norwegian by the esteemed translator Tor Edvin Dahl and published in 2014.
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