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Eritrea
2008

A former Italian colony, Eritrea was occupied by the British in 1941. In 1952 the United Nations resolved to establish it as an autonomous entity federated with Ethiopia as a compromise between Ethiopian claims for sovereignty and Eritrean aspirations for independence. However, 10 years later the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, decided to annex it, triggering a 32-year armed struggle.This culminated in independence after an alliance of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) and a coalition of Ethiopian resistance movements defeated Haile Selassie's communist successor, Mengistu Haile Mariam.

Eritrean citizens are struggling between hopes and despairs, between dreams and fate, repression and thirst for freedom.

Over the course of several trips to Eritrea I have watched the Eritrean people grow the roots under their restless feet necessary for the rebirth of a nation and the salvation of their environment.

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