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Eritrea. Southern Debud Zone. Mendefera. EWDFA (Eritrean War Disabled Fighter Association) is an eritrean NGO (non government organisation) for disabled fighters from the 30 years liberation war. Eritrea finaly became independent from Ethiopia in 1993.  EWDFA receives funds from Heks (Inter Church Aid) of Switzerland to run a small bakery, a retail shop and a restaurant in the town. Mrs Abeba Mengistu was arested, severely beaten and tortured by ethiopians. She wears a cotton loincloth on her head. © 2002 Didier Ruef