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Respected in Battle, Overlooked at Home

Eritrea’s Female Veterans Seek Peacetime Role. Lounging in his easy chair as coffee roasted over a charcoal heater and knots of underwear soaked in a bucket, Yemane Abreah watched his wife pour him a glass of homemade alcoholic juice, serve him some spongy injera bread and ready their son for school. Mileta Abreah, 45, rollers in her puff of mocha-colored hair, is a housewife now. But she used to be a spy for the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, infiltrating Ethiopian lines during the 30-year war for Eritrean independence. She was a fighter for about 15 years. Her favorite weapon was her Kalashnikov. Her favorite memory is securing the town of Afabet, where she and her comrades wiped out Ethiopia’s largest ammunition depot in 48 hours. “Past life,” she shrugged. Full Story

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