Eritrea is in east Africa with a long coastline on the Red Sea. It has been independent since 1993, making it one of the youngest independent states on the continent.
After World War II, Eritrea was aligned by the UN with Ethiopia as part of a federation. This was problematic from the start, and soon a war for independence started that would last for 30 years.
Today Eritrea is a desperately poor country, with 80% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture. Lack of religious freedom has created many refugees fleeing to Kenya. Continued border disputes with Ethiopia contribute to the instability of the country.
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