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Vol 40 No 10

Published 14th May 1999


Eritrea

Eritrea and its cousins

The odds are stacked against Eritrea. Ethiopia has a bigger and better equipped army and airforce, and a bigger population and economy to sustain a long war. But President Issayas Afeworki tells visitors not to forget history: little Eritrea took on and beat Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam's regime in Ethiopia, which had boasted the biggest army in Africa plus massive backing from the Soviet Union.

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