TITLE

DEFENSE

PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
Background Notes on Countries of the World: State of Eritrea;Apr2005, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Country Report
DOC. TYPE
Country Report
ABSTRACT
This article presents information about defense system of Eritrea. During the war for independence, the EPLF (Eritrean People's Liberation Front) fighting force grew to almost 110,000 fighters, about 3% of the total population of Eritrea. In 1993, Eritrea embarked on a phased program to demobilize 50%-60% of the army, which had by then shrunk to about 95,000. These demobilized fighters received higher compensation, intensive training, and psychological counseling to adjust in their new life style. Special attention has been given to women fighters, who made up some 30% of the EPLF's combat troops. By 1998, the army had shrunk to 47,000.
ACCESSION #
16709653

 

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