30 July 2019 – (EP) Ethiopia born Sophia Tesfamariam (pictured with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki) becomes the New Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations.
Previously, Eritrea had no ambassador to the United Nations since the death of the popular Ambassador Girma Asmerom in 2016.
Following the Ambassador death, Chargé D’affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative Amanuel Giorgio was the head of the Eritrean mission in New York.
Sophia’s main activity before her promotion to the UN had been as a media writer against Eritrean dissenters and mostly against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) whom they publicly hated her ‘accurate’ assessment of the now powerless and former ruling party of the Ethiopian government.
Sophia Tesfamariam’s father was an employee of the Ethiopian Airlines and she grew up in Addis Ababa and several African countries before the family settled in Virginia, USA.
Sophia is married and has three children.