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Celebrating 10 years liberation
 
 

Asmara May 24th 2001

 

The first full day in Asmara it was so hot that I start to look a bit like an Indian. So I should take my sun milk with me today. Today is not only the 10th anniversary of Eritrea, but also the first anniversary of Jonas, my little nephew. He was born last year in the time of the Ethiopian invasion, when his father was fighting at the front. Froyni stayed behind with four children and the new born baby.

In the afternoon we go to the stadium, where the main show will take place. We only have one invitation for the two of us, so I hope my friendly face and my t-shirt will do the rest. The first three checkpoints are no problem. We wait in the queue for more than an hour. 20.000 people are checked and pass through only four 90cm doors. The last guard is clearly the most strict, but I can persuade him to let me in. It was worth every minute of waiting. The pictures will say enough.

 

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Military parade - earlier Yikaalo troops - Asmara Stadium.

Military parade - earlier Yikaalo troops - Asmara Stadium.

Parade of the various military units, representing the Defense forces, namely the Eritrean Air Force, Eritrean Navy and Eritrean Army and the Asmara Police, earlier Yikaalo troops and recent Warsai soldiers.

Parade of the various military units, representing the Defense forces,
namely the Eritrean Air Force, Eritrean Navy and Eritrean Army and
the Asmara Police, earlier Yikaalo troops and recent Warsai soldiers.

President Isaias Afwerki breaks hembesha, Eritrean bread, on  the back of a boy, to wish him all the best on his tenth anniversary.

President Isaias Afwerki congratulating children who were born on
May 24th 1991 and who are now celebrating their tenth anniversary.

President Isaias Afwerki breaks hembesha, Eritrean bread, on
 the back of a boy, to wish him all the best on his tenth anniversary.

Hellen Meles, one of the most popular Eritrean singers performing  at the celebration of 10 years liberated Eritrea in Asmara Stadium.

Hellen Meles, one of the most popular Eritrean singers performing
 at the celebration of 10 years liberated Eritrea in Asmara Stadium.

Kunama dancers (representatives of one of the nine ethnic groups in Eritrea).

Kunama dancers (representatives of one of the nine ethnic groups in Eritrea).

Saho dancers (representatives of one of the nine ethnic groups in Eritrea).

Saho dancers (representatives of one of the nine ethnic groups in Eritrea).

Rashaida dancers (representatives of one of the nine ethnic groups in Eritrea).

Rashaida dancers (representatives of one of the nine ethnic groups in Eritrea).

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Thousands of schoolgirls giving a dance performance - Asmara Stadium.

Drama at the celebration of 10 years liberation in Asmara Stadium. (authors guess: Ransack of Barentu by Ethiopian soldiers).

Drama at the celebration of 10 years liberation in Asmara Stadium.
(authors guess: Ransack of Barentu by Ethiopian soldiers).

Drama at the celebration of 10 years liberation in Asmara Stadium. (authors guess: The (Red) sea is ours).

Drama at the celebration of 10 years liberation in Asmara Stadium.
(authors guess: The (Red) sea is ours).

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Celebration of 10 years independence in Asmara Stadium.

Finale of the celebrations in Asmara Stadium.

Finale of the celebrations in Asmara Stadium.

Finale of the celebrations in Asmara Stadium.

Finale of the celebrations in Asmara Stadium.

Finale: singing the national anthem - Asmara Stadium.

Finale: singing the national anthem - Asmara Stadium.

 

 
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