The World: Notes on a Land of Mirages

After preliminary visits to Eritrean Liberation Front offices in Damascus and Khartoum, TIME Correspondent Dean Brelis set off on a 600-mile journey through Eritrean-held territory, the most extensive visit yet made by a Western journalist. Some of his recollections:

From Khartoum, Photographer David Burnett and I booked ourselves aboard a red and yellow bus that makes the daylong journey to Kassala, a Sudanese town that lies near the Eritrean border. For twelve hours, the bus hurtled through the open desert, crashing across giant potholes; the thermometer was constant—between 115° and 120° F.

Once inside...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!