eritrean history

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Eritrean soldiers during the 30-year long Eritrean War of Independence between Eritrean forces and the Ethiopian government. Women made up 30% of Eritrea’s army of 100,000 soldiers and were a popular symbol of the liberation effort.

After Eritrea won its independence in 1993 women were given 30% of the seats in parliament and gained new legal rights. However some complained that they were treated more respectfully as fighters than they were as civilians.

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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie becomes the first ever athlete from Eritrea to win gold at a World Championships. #Beijing2015

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie wins Eritrea’s first ever gold medal and becomes the youngest marathon world champ in history!

Ghebreselassie seems to be the youngest-ever winner of any road event, male or female, at the world championships.

2:12:28 is Ghebreselassie’s winning time. Silver for Tsegay of Ethiopia in 2:13:07. Mutai of Uganda bronze in 2:13:29. 

Ghebreselassie is entering the stadium. He’s on the track with his flag, and the crowd is cheering him. He’s done. 

2:05:41 for Ghebreselassie at 40km, 12 seconds ahead of Tsegay. He’ll be the youngest-ever winner of the men’s marathon 

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Eritrean cyclists make history at Tour de France

Two cyclists from Eritrea, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus, are making history in the world’s most famous bicycle race. The two riders are members of MTN Khubeka, the first ever African team in the Tour de France, as well as the first Eritreans to take part in the race