Eritrean Refugees


  • Mary Dines



Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, refugees


The ex-Italian colony of Eritrea was established as an autonomous state by the United Nations after the Second World War and, although Ethiopia wanted to annex it, a federation of the two states was created in 1952. From that time onward Eritrea's autonomy was under attack and on November 14, 1962 its federal status was abolished. It was the failure of the UN to take action then that has led to the twenty-five year war between Eritreans and Ethiopians. And it is this war that has been responsible for the most serious refugee situation in the Sudan. It has also been a major cause of the Ethiopian famine of 1983-84, and in spite of reasonable rains since. Erirrea is likely to remain acutely short of food.


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How to Cite

Dines, M. (1987). Eritrean Refugees. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 6(4), 6.

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