In March 1896, Italian troops attempted to enter Ethiopia forcibly and were routed by Emperor Menelik and his army.
The battle of Adwa was the only victory of an African army over a European army during the partitioning of Africa which preserved the country's independence.
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The group also has a letter writing campaign that encourages volunteers to write handwritten letters of thanks to veterans.
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Volunteers of all skill levels participate in the home building or renovation process. The program delivers prepaid international calling cards to troops that allow them to call home up to 140 times.
War, drought, and health problems have left the nation one of the poorest African countries economically, but the people's fierce independence and historical pride account for a people rich in self-determination. Ethiopia is the tenth largest country in Africa, covering 439,580 square miles (1,138,512 square kilometers) and is the major constituent of the landmass known as the Horn of Africa.
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It is bordered on the north and northeast by Eritrea, on the east by Djibouti and Somalia, on the south by Kenya, and on the west and southwest by Sudan.
The central plateau, known as the highlands, is surrounded on three sides by desert with a significantly lower elevation.