May 15, 2020

A glimpse of Afabet Sub-zone

Written by Habtom Tesfamichael
Eritrea has strategic significance for military purposes and that is why successive colonizers, from the Turks up to the Ethiopians, built up their military bases in this region. As a result, the people of the region were victims of colonial atrocities. There are many documented cases of atrocious acts by the British war planes, the Italians and, more significantly, the Ethiopians. This region was the rear base of the Eritrean revolution during the 30-year war of independence and a fighting ground against the two successive regimes of Ethiopia that moved to crush the growing resistance of Eritreans. As a result, the inhabitants of the sub-zone were compelled to leave their villages. Afabet sub-zone, 8,500 square km. wide, is the biggest sub-zone in the Northern Red Sea region. It has a population of 90 thousand who live in 14 administrative areas.

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