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September - October 2005
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Keren Eritrea - October 3rd 2005

 

In the bus to Keren I sit next to a teacher for the Hagaz Technical School. I I ever visit Hagaz, I HAVE to visit their technical school. There is a tea break in Baluwa. In front of the three restaurants, around a giant stone, is a small market. Children are selling foul (peanuts) and atar (roasted chick peas). The roots of a tree on the other side of the road serve to create a small stall where a woman is selling beles (cactus fruits).

In Keren I am happy to meet Elen and her daughters Hidat and Rahel in their bar restaurant Stuttgart. I drink some mineral water and start my walk to Mariam Dearit. From a distance I see a monk walking to a dwelling at the back of the orchard. It is the director of this holy place. When I walk back to Keren, he invites me to join him in his Toyota pickup. I tell him of this and last years visits to the shrine and the miracle I witnessed. "You have to write about it", he suggests.

During their lunch break, I visit Hansu and Afworki. We drink tea and eat some bread. Hansu starts preparing the room for me. I tell her I will not stay, unless I will not catch a bus back to Asmara. "You will find a bus, but you are welcome to stay in our house. Our house is your house, you know that."

After my visit to Hansu and Afworki, I deliver some packages and I do my best to find the people I pictured during my previous visit, to give them their copies. The gesture is appreciated.

When I pass the Keren grain market, a lady asks me to drink tea with her. My mission in Keren is finished, so I join her and two men that drink tea. When I leave the market and walk in the direction of some workshops, I observe a very modest bar and decide to enter it. It belongs to the same lady that invited me for tea. God must have guided me to this place. I drink two more cups of tea. No pictures please.

I spend the rest of the afternoon walking through the streets around the market. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon I return to the bus station. No problem to find a bus to Asmara.   .

 

Children selling atar (roasted peas) and foul (peanuts). Tea break at Baluwa (road to Keren) Eritrea.

Children selling atar (roasted peas) and foul (peanuts).
Tea break at Baluwa (road to Keren) Eritrea.

Women selling beles (cactus fruits) - Adi Teclezan Eritrea.

Women selling beles (cactus fruits) - Adi Teclezan Eritrea.

Giro Fiori Square - Keren Eritrea.

Giro Fiori Square - Keren Eritrea.

Muslim boy - Keren Eritrea.

Muslim boy - Keren Eritrea.

Entrance to the compound of Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

Entrance to the compound of Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

Landscape - Keren Eritrea.

Landscape - Keren Eritrea.

Children going to school - Keren Eritrea.

"Sorana! (picture us!)". Children going to school - Keren Eritrea.

Market - Keren Eritrea.

Market - Keren Eritrea.

Yohanna - Keren Eritrea.

Yohanna - Keren Eritrea.

St. Antonio Catholic Church - Keren Eritrea.

St. Antonio Catholic Church - Keren Eritrea.

 

 
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