The fascinating and amazing history of Eritrea’s struggle for independence that lasted for over 30 long years had faced an enemy (Ethiopia) 23 times larger in size, that was armed, funded and supplied by the then superpower – the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, in 1991 Eritreans won their hard earned independence against the overwhelming odds and formed a new nation.
In 1998, seven years after the Eritrean independence, Ethiopia (the hired Weyane) invaded Eritrea in an attempt to “undo” or to “reverse” the hard won Eritrean independence and to re-colonize Eritrea. This time around Ethiopia has a new superpower ally that armed and funded its invading forces and was confident it could conquer Eritrea “within 72 hours” as the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had said days before the invasion begun. But the war lasted 2 years, not “72 hours”, and Eritreans once again outsmarted the Ethiopian war generals and skillfully managed to annihilate the massive Ethiopian forces which outnumbered the Eritrean forces 23 to 1 ratio.
That is David against Goliath, and we all know who killed who. Ethiopia suffered 123,000 dead and another 120,000 wounded soldiers, whereas Eritrea, still remembering the lose of its soldier lives, had lost 19,000 determined young men and women who defended and foiled the Ethiopian invasion.