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Location of Eritrea within Africa

Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. Eritrea is the Italian form of the Greek name, meaning "red [land]". With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan to the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the east. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea, across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen.


As with most African countries, cannabis is illegal in Eritrea, however, rampant police corruption and poverty has led to cases of cannabis possession being used as justification for illegal bribes and fines to be exacted. The judicial system in Eritrea is ill-equipped to deal with large-scale crime of any nature thus, traffickers are able to utilise the transport routes, both maritime and overland, without substantial risk of arrest. Eritrea’s small population of just six million people rely heavily on agriculture, and cannabis is becoming an increasingly important crop.[1]

Additional Resources


  1. Cannabis in Eritrea (October 11, 2013), Sensi Seeds


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