Assab is important; not just for Eritrea but for the rest of the Horn of Africa and other states in the region. It is – once more – Ethiopia’s route to the sea. It is also a base from which the UAE carries out its war in Yemen. Yet there is little information about the port and its people.

This article, written during the tragic Ethiopia-Eritrea border war (1998 – 2000) provides some useful insights.

You can read it here: Assab 1999

Here is an AFP video from Assab taken in 1999.  It was soon after the port of Assab ceased to function, because of the border war. It shows Ethiopians protesting in Assab  and demanding to be evacuated .


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