|A Ghastly Asmara Massacre Reminder Why So Many Are Fleeing Eritrea - WPost|
13 April 2016
In Eritrea, your last year of high school, that one completes in a military camp, is also your first year in the army. The nation fought a 30-year war against its much larger neighbor Ethiopia, and because of a continuing land dispute, still considers hostilities active. Although obligatory conscription isn't exactly unusual around the world, in Eritrea, there are three huge downsides: Your service is indefinite, you're not allowed to leave the country, and the pay is dismal — about $10 on the black market.reign.