Capital of Ethiopia Addis Ababa was flooded by runners over the weekend. Runners running in support of the peace deal signed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki in July 2018.
Thousands of nationals from both sides cheered as they ran a 10 km race, which is the first major sporting event since the signing of a peace agreement in Asmara.
This race saw persons of all ages and from all walks of life line up and run to support the deal which has reunited peoples on both sides of the border after decades of hostilities.
I am happy with the opening of the border, my brother came back to Ethiopia after 20 years and we met.
“I am very happy, there is nothing more (important) than love, reconciliation and happiness in this world, I am very happy,” Mohammed Ahmed, a participant told reporters.
Almost all participants were branded in an attire that has the widely used photo of Eritrean and Ethiopian painted handshake. It bore the inscription “One Love” below.
Flags and photos of the two leaders were also prominent throughout the race.
“I am happy with the opening of the border, my brother came back to Ethiopia after 20 years and we met,” Chalachew Addis, another participant added.
Eritrea, formerly a part of Ethiopia declared its independence in 1993 after three decades of war. The two countries fought a war between 1998 and 2000, which killed some 80,000 people, mainly as a result of a border conflict.
The coming to power in April of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a 42-year-old reformer, changed the situation. It launched a reconciliation process, which led to a peace agreement in July.
Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans took part in a 10-kilometer reconciliation run in Addis Ababa.— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 11, 2018
The two countries fought a war from 1998-2000 that killed 80,000. Relations between the two countries recently thawed, making the joint event possible https://t.co/aQgcHVwjjg pic.twitter.com/ukZZ4iLV1z
Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans take to the streets of Addis Ababa to celebrate the reconciliation process between old foes with a 10-kilometer peace runhttps://t.co/sd8klvdgNx pic.twitter.com/FtraA0m7XW— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) November 11, 2018