S. Korea to open community center for Ethiopian war veterans

(EBC; April 21, 2017)- South Korea's defense ministry said it has signed an agreement with Ethiopia to construct a community center in Addis Ababa for its nationals who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War.

It's one of Seoul's friendship projects for the people of Ethiopia, the only African country that dispatched ground troops to help South Korea fight against invading North Korea during the conflict.

Ethiopia sent more than 3,500 soldiers and around 650 of them were killed or wounded in action, according to the ministry.

Under the deal, the ministry plans to open the welfare service facilities in downtown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city, in August next year. It was signed at the City Hall of Addis Abada on Thursday.

The envisioned community center would be the third of its kind for Korean War veterans abroad following those in Thailand and Colombia under the ministry's project launched in 2013 and sponsored by Lotte Group, a South Korean conglomerate.

Source: Yonhap News Agency