Eritrea Independence Day

Eritrea Independence Day

May 24
Eritrea is a small country on the Red Sea, northeast of Ethiopia, of which it was a part until 1993. Eritreans struggled for 30 years for independence from Ethiopia. Internationally observed elections in 1993 decided the outcome as all but 0.2 percent of Eritreans voted to become independent, which became official on May 24, 1993. A border dispute with Ethiopia caused war from 1998 until 2000, when the United Nations resolved the issue.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Eritrea
1708 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-319-1991; fax: 202-319-1304
www.embassyeritrea.org