Ethiopia opens border with Eritrea after 20 years


The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea are attending the re-opening of a key border crossing that’s been closed for more than 20 years.

The event, coinciding with Ethiopian New Year, marks another step in reconciliation between the two countries, which fought a bitter border war during the 1990s.

Over the last week, soldiers from both countries have worked together to clear the huge boulders and barriers that have blocked the movement of people and goods across the frontier.

In July, Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a peace deal restoring diplomatic and trade relations.

Nneka Ukachukwu