Ethiopia is one of the most populated countries in Africa. Twenty years ago, Eritrea, the northern part of Ethiopia, gained independence, but the newly freed nation was met with many challenges. To make matters worse, the two countries fought bitterly over border towns.
Well, the fight has ended. As of this week, the two leaders of the countries agreed to call off the twenty-year war that left more than 80,000 people dead and slowed down progress in both countries. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, was a soldier who fought in the war, and on his visit to Eritrea, he embraced Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and promised to build a better relationship.
One of the great benefits of this new relationship? Direct telephone lines have been restored, which means people from both countries can call each other for the first time in two decades!
Nice going, neighbors!