Ethiopian People's Patriotic Front
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|Ethiopian People's Patriotic Front|
|Active||1998 – present|
|Area of operations||Ethiopia (since 2008)
Eritrea (until 2008)
The Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (abbreviated EPPF) is a rebel group in Ethiopia, founded on 15 June 1998, in the Eritrean-Ethiopian border town of Awegaro. It was originally established as the Ethiopian Democratic Forces.
On 17 October 2000, the EPPF merged with the Benishengoul and Gambella movements.
In 2005, the EPPF was divided into different armed ethnic groups by the Eritrean government.
In 2006, the EPPF was designated a terrorist organization by the Ethiopian government.
In 2007, several members of the EPPF fled en masse and surrendered their arms to the Ethiopian government in order to escape Eritrean government sponsored slave labor.
In 2008, the EPPF left Eritrea to fight in Ethiopia.