In Ethiopia the Eritrean secessionist movement is intensifying its struggle against the central government and dozens of underground camps are being organised to support the fighters.
GV: Eritrean guerrilla fighter walking into underground workshop.
GV: people working in underground workshop (3 shots)
GV AND CU: technicians working on electrical equipment. (6 shots)
GV: carpentry shop (2 shots)
GV: damaged weapons being repaired.
GV EXTERIOR: camouflaged workshop
CU AND GV: lathe in operation.
GV: wing of aircraft being drilled.
GV AND CU: aluminium being melted and poured into mould.
GV: captured arms
DRING: "Hidden in the hills, camouflaged in the valleys throughout Eritrea is a complex maze of underground workshops,supply dumps, garages, hospitals, schools and other support facilities. Many of them with their own supply of electricity from underground generators. It may look a bit Heath Robinson at times, but it works. This carpentry shop with its own machine-saw produces forty to fifty chairs a week. While an underground section near-by fits new stock to captured or damaged weapons. Down another valley, a metal workshop where scrap is turned into anything from spoons to spare parts for vehicles. The remains of downed Ethiopian planes also provide a valuable source of material. Although they still depend to a certain extent on weapons supplied by Arab states such as Syria and Iraq, the E.P.L.F. has built up a useful stockpile of captured arms."
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Background: In Ethiopia the Eritrean secessionist movement is intensifying its struggle against the central government and dozens of underground camps are being organised to support the fighters. They are very well equipped, with carefully hidden carpentry shops, schools, hospitals and armouries. Here's a report from Simon Dring of the BBC.
The federation of Eritrea and Ethiopia came to an end in 1962 when the Eritrean Legislative Assembly voted itself out of existence. The Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) was founded in Egypt and began an armed struggle to remove Ethiopia's presence from the province. The E.L.F. attracted world attention through a series of hijackings and was soon gathering support of its cause. However, martial law was introduced in the province in 1971 and the Ethiopian army set up a chain of fortified villages to control the area. The separatist group also suffered setbacks when an internal dispute split the E.L.F. However, recently there have been signs that the splinter group, the Eritrean Popular Liberation Force (E.P.L.F.), is seeking reunification with the E.L.F.