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November - December 2007
Walking through Eritrea

 

November - December 2007
Walking through Eritrea

 

 

 

Keren Eritrea - November 26 2007

 

Monday is market day in Keren. Coming from Ciuf Ciufit and following the riverbed, one first passes a firewood and household utensils market. Many camels and donkeys form living stalls, resting in the sun.

A few hundred meters further is another market area, surrounded by walls. Another colorful place where women sell household utensils, colorful baskets decorated with beads and Red Sea shells, straw products, clothes, shoes and spices.

The camel and livestock market (to the left of the road to Afabet) is dominated by men dressed in kaftans and turbans, waiting for customers to sell their goats, cattle, donkeys or camels. In a makeshift tea shop I have a few cups of tea, before walking to Dearit.

It is said that the small shrine, built into a baobab, is a place from which fertility springs. Last time I came to pray to this black Madonna in the wooden chapel, for a girl who was desperately trying to get a baby. I left her picture in the chapel, and brought some soil back home from the roots of the tree.

Just before my flight to Eritrea, I was told by one of her girl friends that she is pregnant, expecting her baby in April 2008. Miracles happen here at Mariam Dearit's Holy grounds. And now I come back to express my thanks on behalf of the happy girl.

I visit the beautiful orchard behind the chapel with orange and lemon trees. A priest accompanies me, because there is dogs guarding the place. He also shows me the stable with some beautiful Dutch cows.

Before I leave he hands me six oranges as a gift, happy with my story about previous visits. I am touched. In a country so poor even one orange is a generous gift to a tourist loaded with euros.  

 

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Monday market - Keren Eritrea.

Orchard behind the shrine of Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

Orchard behind the shrine of Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea

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The shrine of Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

The shrine of Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

View on the animal market from Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

View on the animal market from Dearit - Keren Eritrea.

 

 
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