Eye on Africa

Tears and champagne as commercial flights resume between Ethiopia and Eritrea

In this edition of Eye on Africa: there's champagne and celebrations on the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea in two decades. Also, pregnant teens in Burundi are being banned from school. And Maasai herders in Tanzania are being violently driven off their land to make way for luxury safaris and tourism.


There was singing and dancing in the aisles and champagne all around as the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea in 20 years touched down on Wednesday. Two flights left Addis Ababa and, an hour and a half later, arrived in Eritrea's capital. The reestablishing of air links is the latest phase in a reconciliation process between the former rivals that has happened at breakneck speed since Ethiopia's new prime minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.

Also, Burundi has been warned it's violating the human rights of its children with a law introduced last month that prevents pregnant teenagers and young expectant fathers from going to school. The move has been slammed as being a double punishment for girls, as campaigners say compromising their education makes them more vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

And Tanzania is accused of making tens of thousands of Maasai homeless. They are being driven from their land as the government makes money from the sale of territory and the granting of access to foreign tourists in search of safari adventures.

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