Eritrea colonized by Italy in 1880 and taken over by the British in 1941, was federated to Ethiopia under U.S. pressure in 1932, then annexed by it in 1962. For thirty years the Eritrean people have fought for freedom, facing an enemy armed first by the U.S. and later by the Soviet Union. Villages have been bombed and burnt out of existence, defenseless peasants brutally massacred, and the most modern weaponry turned on refugees fleeing their homes. This book describes the course of this long struggle through the lives of women. Peasants and pastoralists, student activists and workers from cities, women have emerged from a semi-feudal world to participate fully in the fight for liberation, organizing cells, gathering intelligence, carrying out clandestine missions, setting up and running health and education systems and fighting on the front line. In transforming themselves, they have transformed Eritrea.
The author has talked to these women, recorded their stories and traveled through the war zones to gather the material for this exciting and moving book.
Politics, Women Studies/AFRICA