Families speak after 20 years as Ethiopia restores phones to Eritrea | Top News


ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – On Tuesday morning, Ethiopian mechanic Mohammed Osman placed a phone call he had dreamt of making for 20 years.

A man uses a public telephone booth along a street in Asmara, Eritrea February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

He called his mother Kedija, who was expelled from Ethiopia to Eritrea in 1998 after the Horn of Africa neighbours went to war over their border.

Kedija, Kedija’s mother and more than 70,000 Ethiopian citizens of Eritrean origin were wrenched from their families, put on buses and trucks bound for Eritrea – and given travel papers marked…



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