Aster Yohannes is a veteran of Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) and an independence activist. Post-independence, she was working in the ministry of Fishery and Marine Resources in 1995. She also is the wife of detained Eritrean politician Petros Solomon. She was detained by security personnel at Asmara International Airport in the capital Asmara on 11 December 2003, when she returned after a three-year period study at the University of Phoenix to unite with her children. Her whereabouts has been unknown since then. Petros and Aster had four children.