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History of Eritrea

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Italy invaded Eritrea in 1890 and held it until World War II, when the British evicted the Italians. Ethiopia was given Eritrea as part of a federation in 1952. Ethiopian takeover of Eritrea as a province 10 years later triggered a 30-year independence war that concluded in 1991 with Eritrean rebels beating Ethiopian and Ethiopian-backed troops. A UN-run referendum in 1993 resulted in a resounding yes vote for independence.

When the new state was formed, hopes were high, but in 1998, a new border conflict with Ethiopia began, which was finally resolved under UN auspices in December 2000. Eritrea hosted a UN peacekeeping mission that supervised a 25-kilometer-wide Temporary Security Zone on the Ethiopian border for a short time. In 2002, the conclusions of an international panel established to settle the boundary issue were published. However, owing to Ethiopian concerns, definitive delineation is on hold, and the boundary remains contentious to this day. Eritrea has now dismissed the troops, citing a lack of UN assistance in enforcing the boundary decision.

Eritrea’s government has degenerated into one of the world’s most controlling governments, using the conflict as a justification. There have never been national elections, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice is the only political party permitted, dissidents are imprisoned, and the country ranks dead last in the Press Freedom Index. Men and women are now required to serve in the military for eight years, border guards shoot on sight at anyone attempting to flee, and Eritreans living outside the nation must pay fees to visit. The nation is impoverished, with half of the people living on less than $1 per day. The conflict and the cessation of commerce with Ethiopia slowed growth, but it has lately stabilized thanks to government collaborations with mining firms.

How To Travel To Eritrea

By planeEritrea is served by two international airports: Asmara International Airport in Asmara, and Massawa International Airport in Massawa, on the coast. There is a US$20/€15 airport charge that must be paid at the time of departure.Egyptair flies two to three times a week from Cairo to Asmara.Yemenia Air...

How To Travel Around Eritrea

If you are flying into Asmara, you must get a permission from the Tourist Bureau on Liberation Avenue if you want to go beyond the city boundaries. This permission must be requested for at least 10 days before to departure. As of January 2010, foreigners may only go to...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Eritrea

Kenyans and Ugandans do not need visas, whereas Sudanese nationals may get a visa on arrival. Before entering the nation, everyone else must apply for a visa in advance.Some Eritrean embassies offer websites where you may download and print a visa application, saving you time. You must apply for...

Destinations in Eritrea

Cities in EritreaAsmara (Asmera) – the capitalKerenMassawa (Batsi or Mitsiwa)TeseneyAssab (Aseb)NakfaOther destinations in EritreaThe Dahlak Archipelago is the Red Sea's largest archipelago, with only four inhabited islands. Ruins from early Arabic/Islamic settlers dating from the 8th century have been discovered, and Ethiopian weapons and vehicles dumped into the...

Things To See in Eritrea

Asmara Historic PerimeterIn terms of cleanliness, serenity, and architectural style, Asmara is now at the top of the globe. Art Deco public buildings, villas, and mansions are what distinguish it and make it so beautiful (or Decorative Art). They were constructed in a variety of architectural styles, including Art...

Food & Drinks in Eritrea

Food in EritreaIn the highlands (near Asmara), Eritrean cuisine is dominated by spicy foods and is quite similar to Ethiopian cuisine. The mainstay is injera, a flat, spongy crepe or bread prepared from fermented grain batter. On top of that, spicy stews with meat and vegetables are served and...

Money & Shopping in Eritrea

The Eritrean nakfa is the country's currency. It is linked to the United States dollar. The USD is worth 15 nakfas. Coins are issued in denominations of one cent, five cents, ten cents, twenty-five cents, fifty cents, one hundred cents, and one nakfa. Banknotes are issued in denominations of...

Traditions & Customs in Eritrea

Eritreans are courteous, friendly, and soft-spoken people who may maintain their distance from outsiders owing to the language barrier. If you are contacted by an English speaker, try to keep the discussion light and utilize common sense. Avoid showing contempt, arrogance, or harsh criticism of the country's culture, religion,...

Language & Phrasebook in Eritrea

Eritrea is a nation that speaks a variety of languages. The Constitution guarantees "equality of all Eritrean languages," thus the country has no official language. Tigrinya has taken on the role of de facto national language. It is the most commonly spoken language in Eritrea, with 2,540,000 total speakers...

Culture Of Eritrea

The coffee ceremony is one of the most well-known aspects of Eritrean culture. When visiting friends, at celebrations, or as a daily need, coffee (Ge'ez bn) is served. There are several customs that are observed throughout the coffee ceremony. The coffee is served in three rounds: the first is...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Eritrea

Stay Safe in EritreaKeep an eye out for bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. Bicycling accidents are frequent because people do not check while crossing roadways. However, Eritrea is generally secure, and you may wander about at night and anyplace in the cities without fear of being robbed. Children may beg...

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