Eritrea at 19
Every year, on 24 May, the people of Eritrea, a country in the north-east of Africa commonly known as the Horn of Africa, celebrate the anniversary of their independence. Formerly part of Ethiopia, it is now an independent state.
Various activities to mark the 19th Eritrean Independence Day took place at SMA Parish Hall, Wilton, Cork on 22 May, kicking off a series of weeklong events throughout the country.
Many Eritreans came from all over the country to commemorate their 19th year of Independence. This year’s anniversary celebrated through music and food highlighted the strength and steadfastness of the Eritrean people.
Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Angelo Lafferty, Director of Cois Tine, the SMA Pastoral Care Programme for Immigrants, highlighted the prevailing peace and stability in the country, as well as the cherished values of mutual respect and co-existence.
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