In the event that Ethiopia's reformist leader Abiy Ahmed needs to end a decades-in length strife with neighboring Eritrea, he will initially need to experience the general population of Badme.
A dusty matrix of bars, cafés and little lodgings that Ethiopia controls however a United Nations-supported limit commission says is Eritrean soil, the town was at the focal point of a 1998-2000 clash that finished in a severe stalemate.
Badme's occupants need it to remain Ethiopian, regardless of Abiy's statement that he will turn the town over to Eritrea in an offer to end the neighbors' icy war.
"We don't simply give away land for setting up peace," says a rebellious nearby director, Tilahun Gebremedhin.
Abiy's declaration a week ago that Ethiopia will regard the limit administering issued in 2002 inverts long stretches of national strategy, meets a long-standing Eritrean request and offers the potential for normalizing relations.
In any case, it likewise implies that 18,000 Ethiopians in Badme may end up living under their previous severe enemy.
Disappointment with Abiy's declaration ejected into a road challenge in the town prior this week.