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What Is an Expensive, Idyllic Resort Doing in Eritrea?

Posted by Ethio Tribune on April 3, 2013

A desolate island is a reminder of Qatar’s ambition to pacify the African nation, even if it meant subsidizing one of the most oppressive governments on the continent.

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A tourist wades out to a boat moored by a campsite on Eritrea’s Dahlak Kebir Island on April 22, 2006. According to Reuters, old rocket launchers litter the entrance to an inland sea on the island, while Soviet-made tanks are rumored to lie on the seabed. (Ed Harris/Reuters)

Dahlak Kebir is a sunbaked and vaguely Y-shaped splotch of rock and dry vegetation sitting a few miles off the coast of Massawa, near the mouth of the Red Sea. The Dahlak archipelago, which is part of Eritrea, has been the subject of persistent rumor in recent years. During his 22 years in power, Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki hasn’t been all that particular about choosing friends — or enemies, for that matter…click here to read the full story

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