The Lost Domain
Eritrea’s historic links with Ethiopia, Sudan, Arabia and Italy give it a cosmopolitan and confident air.
For most western visitors, the country will be most closely associated with the Tigrinya-speaking inhabitants of the highlands, whose native tongue sounds like the noises which might float out of an aviary. There are, in fact, nine different ethnic groups.
The population are divided between Christians and Muslims, with a small number of animists. Having delighted in harmonious relationships for many years, it is sad that many religious organisations are now persecuted.
Members of minority Christian churches suffer particularly badly.
Click here to learn more about the detention and torture of conscripts found reading the bible.