How Eritreans survived the independence war
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Inside Eritrea: Bras, biros and backward shoes in war exhibit

Eritreans are celebrating 25 years of independence, which they gained on 24 May 1991.

The Eritreans - who fought a 30-year war for independence against the far larger and better-equipped Ethiopian army - are in celebratory mood, despite the country being criticised by human rights groups for its lack of democracy, free press and forced conscription. A UN-appointed commission of inquiry into human rights in Eritrea said last year that as many as 5,000 Eritreans flee the country every month.

The BBC's Mary Harper has gained rare access to Eritrea, and visited an exhibition about the war.

  • 23 May 2016