ON AUGUST 1988, after a heroic and protracted defensive battles of wear and tear, between USSR lead army of Ethiopia against Eritrea, which was carried out continuously in the mountain ranges of Nakfa and its environs for almost a decade long, Eritrean Peoples Liberation Army (EPLA) made a decisive decision, to make a strategic offensive, to occupy the major front surrounding the town of Afabet. Continue reading Historic Step on the Long March to Freedom: “Operation Fenkel 1988 – 1991”→
Toronto Sun founding editor Peter Worthington passed away a week ago. A short time before his last dispatch for the Sun was written. It’s a remarkable look back at the “barefoot guerrilla army” of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front he covered in 1988 — and the historic Battle of Afabet that saw some 20,000 Soviet-backed Ethiopian soldiers killed and a new, independent nation of Eritrea rise from the bloodshed. We miss him already.
On May 24th, the small but vibrant East African country of Eritrea celebrates its 22nd year of independence after winning a 30-year war to free itself from the shackles of Ethiopia.
One of Africa’s poorest and youngest countries, Eritrea is also one of Africa’s proudest. In a United Nations-supervised referendum in 1993, Eritreans supported independence by a whopping 99.17% — and a country of some five million broke away from Ethiopia with a population of around 80 million and the largest, most mechanized army Continue reading Remarkable to Witness Birth of Eritrea→