Ethiopia are set to play Eritrea in a friendly soccer match weeks after a dramatic end to a 20-year old war between the two east African states. The match would be in August in the Eritrean capital, Asmara.
The match is part of attempts by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to sweep away a generation of hostility between the nations since signing a peace deal last month.
Triggered by a border dispute in 1998, the conflict killed more than 80,000 people. At least 350,000 people living along the border on both sides were uprooted and forced to flee.According to FANA news, the leaders of the two countries have visited each other and last week Eritrea reopened its country´s embassy in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia´s national carrier Ethiopia Airlines last week made its first flight to Asmara in two decades. A lot of healing will need to take place and a lot of forgiveness on both sides.
The friendly match is a welcome move to bring people together. Soccer has been known for its power to unite people.
source...REUTERS mail online
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