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Hundreds of thousands have fled this country. This ghastly massacre is a reminder why.

  By Max Bearak In Eritrea, your last year of high school is also your first year in the army. The nation fought a 30-year war against its much larger neighbor Ethiopia, and because of a continuing land dispute, still considers hostilities active. Although obligatory conscription isn’t exactly unusual around the world, in Eritrea, there […]

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Eritrean army conscripts ‘killed in Asmara escape bid’

From BBC Image copyrightAFPImage captionMany Eritreans flee to avoid long-term conscription into the army Security forces in Eritrea’s capital Asmara have killed several young conscripts who tried to escape the convoy they were travelling in, according to opposition media outlets. There were also civilian casualties after some of the recruits’ friends and family used a […]

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