Where The Spirit Of Sacrifice Survived The War

He's the only son left in his family of six. His three brothers were killed in Eritrea's 30-year war of secession from Ethiopia. Describing the capital, Asmara, under occupation, only his sad brown eyes show any emotion. "It was an inferno. Asmara was a prison camp. There were trenches inside the city, dead bodies in the street," says the 38-year-old merchant, who does not want his name in print. Throughout Eritrea, still a province of Ethiopia until a plebiscite in April makes sovereignty official, roads are smashed, rail links severed, bridges destroyed. The struggle, which began when Ethiopia annexed the territory in 1961, left most areas without running water and little electricity. Hospitals and schools were destroyed.

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