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Uploaded on Mar 16, 2008
In the 1950s, as much as 1 out 10 people living in Eritrea were Italians of origin.
The decision to federate Eritrea with Ethiopia in 1950 reflected the strategic interests of Western Powers, particularly the United States. The US Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, put this succinctly in 1952:
'From the point of view of justice, the opinions of the Eritrean people must receive consideration. Nevertheless the strategic interests of the United States in the Red Sea basin and considerations of security and world peace make it necessary that the country has to be linked with our ally, Ethiopia.'
alas, upon the forced US/UN sponcered federation being complete, which didn't take the Eritrean peoples' desires into consideration, it became the final straw for the Italians living in Eritrea to go back to Italy.
Upon return to Italy, many of the Italians who lived in Eritrea renamed Roman streets, buildings, shops with Eritrean cities, ethnic groups and provinces, to remind them of their distant African homelands they once called home.
Video courtesy of Asmarino - To watch the entire clip, visit www.EastAfro.com