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Eritrea

Nakfa (Tigrinya: ናቕፋ, IPA: [naxʼfa]) is a town in the Northern Red Sea region of Eritrea. It is also the name of a sub region of Eritrea.

History
 
Nakfa served as a base for the Eritrean People's Liberation Front during the Eritrean War of Independence. It was subjected to a number of destructive attacks that left only the mosque standing. Other towns, where hospitals, printing presses, factories, a radio station and a college are located, were built underground by Eritrea's independence fighters. The town is also surrounded by trenches.

The nakfa currency was later named after the town, in commemoration to its historic place in the annals of the independence struggle.

 

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