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Eritrea is one of the poorer countires in the world. At present it relies a great deal on aid from the UN etc. to help the economy grow.

This is taken from a market in the capital, Asmara. I was there at New Year in 2003. It was only my second trip out of Sudan. I was so shocked by this stall - so much more variety than in Khartoum. It was like a palace banquet. Who would have thought cabbages would ever look so tasty!

Asmara is at altitude, hence the coats. A few hours after this shot the mist rolled in and I got stuck outside the airport - nearly getting hypothermia. Luckily the Saomoan friend I was travelling with saved my bacon by staying up all night to keep me warm and awake. It was a lucky escape, though I ended up in bed for week afterwards.

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