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Afar

Afar  

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Ethnic group found in parts of Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, also known as Danakil, Denakil, and Adal.Approximately 1.5 million people belong to the Afar ethnic group, mostly in the ...
Afar

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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2010

... Ethnic group found in parts of Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, also known as Danakil, Denakil, and Adal. Approximately 1.5 million people belong to the Afar ethnic group, mostly in the Denakil plain, which includes parts of northern Ethiopia , Eritrea , and Djibouti . Apart from the Aussa oasis and the Djibouti coastline, the territory of the Afar is among the most arid on the continent. The Afar speak Safo, an Afro-Asiatic language (part of the Eastern Cushitic language group). The first known written references to the Afar appeared in the 13th...

Eritrea

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Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies, History, Regional and National History
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...receives 400–500 mm (16–20 in) rainfall per year, while the hill country north and west of the core plateau generally receives less. The Denakil depression in the southeast has been the site of some of the highest temperatures recorded on earth, and receives practically no rain. Land, Plants, and Animals: Eritrea's topography consists of four types of land surface. The Red Sea coastal plain widens to include the Denakil Desert in the south. The south central plateau highland is the most agriculturally fertile and densely populated part of the country. To the...

Ethiopia

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...a people found in the western part of the country from the border of Eritrea to Lake Turkana, constitute about 6 percent of the population. The Somali, who live in the east and southeast, notably in the Ogaden region, are approximately equal in number to the Shangalla. The Denakil inhabit the semidesert plains east of the highlands. The nonindigenous population includes Yemenis, Indians, Armenians, and Greeks. Religions: About 60.8 percent of the people of Ethiopia are Christians, many from the Ethiopian Orthodox Union Church, an autonomous Christian sect...

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