After 20 Years of Silence, Strangers in Ethiopia and Eritrea Call to Say Hello |Fana Television
"I don't have any acquaintance with you, you don't have any acquaintance with me, yet I am from Ethiopia and I am so eager to converse with you."
That was the message Roman Tafessework Gomeju had for the outsider on the opposite end of the telephone line when she called a lodging in neighboring Eritrea this week from her home in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
For a long time, this telephone call would have been outlandish.
Eritrea picked up freedom from Ethiopia in the mid 1990s, yet then a fringe war broke out between them soon thereafter, securing the two nations dangers and leaving several thousands dead.
Cross-fringe travel was restricted, the consulates were shut, flights were dropped and telephone approaches landlines and cellphone systems were not allowed between the two nations. At that point this week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea reported a formal affirmation of peace between the two countries. Monetary, social and strategic ties can be produced once more.
What's more, now with telephone administrations reestablished, a few people have started calling outsiders, just to make proper acquaintance.
Ms. Gomeju, 32, heard stories from her dad about the excellence of Eritrea. He had lived in Asmara, Eritrea's capital, for a long time and would educate her regarding the great sustenance, the spotless avenues and the amicable individuals.