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>> Praise the Lord.>> An Ethiopian journalist reunited with his family in Eritrea for the first time in nearly two decade. Addisalem Hadigu was among more than 400 passengers who flew to the Eritrean capital Asmara on Wednesday. On the first direct flight between the two nations in 20 years.
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>> Now the darkness has been removed, and I'm able to see my wife. The sun shines on my children, and I have met my grandson. It's like winning the lottery without buying a ticket.>> When Ethiopia and Eritrea went to war in 1998, they deported each other's nationals en masse.
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thought his Ethiopian passport would shield his Eritrean wife from expulsion. But two years later, as the conflict raged on, his wife mysteriously disappeared along with their two daughters. They had gone to Eritrea most likely swept up by the patriotism and nationalism that engulfed both countries as the bloodshed escalated.
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There was no way for
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] wife to communicate. He never even got to ask her how or why she'd left. But her reunion was finally made possible this month when the two governments signed a peace deal that ended a generation of hostility in a matter of days.