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Introduction

Difficult to access overland, except via Djibouti, Eritrea is the North Korea of Africa. Under single-rule, and with no free media, the country has been in varying states of war with neighbouring Ethiopia for decades.

For the few who manage to visit, the capital Asmara and surrounds are a virtual time-warp, with coffee shops and architecture dating to the period of Italian occupation in the early twentieth century.

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