Adi Sogdo Eritrea - December 07 2007
Adi Sogdo is a small village
just behind Villagio andBiet Makae on the western edge of Asmara. Entering
the village is like going back one hundred years back in Asmara's history:
cattle, donkeys, chicken and goats dominate street life. Modest houses,
informal streets, rural life.
I guess foreigners seldom
visit this village, although so close to Asmara. For the children I am a
welcome excitement. They follow me everywhere, asking my name and my age. When I turn around, and
suddenly am behind
them they spread in all directions.
I try to make a picture of the
local super market, they all pose in front of it, waiting for me to make
their picture. I wait patiently, until they are gone, but their patience
wins. Then I point the camera in the opposite direction. The children hurry to
the other side of the street. And I have my picture of the supermarket.
People are standing in the
door opening and watch my attempts to redirect their children with the
help of my camera, and share the fun of this simple game. I brought some
gifts for the smallest children (some inflatable gadgets). They are happy
with the small gift.
When strolling through the
village, I meet an Eritrean boy from Frankfurt, Germany. He tells me his
parents sent him to Eritrea because of his bad behavior. He is now staying
with his family for a few months. He tells me about his life in Germany,
and the lessons learned in Eritrea.
In a small and crowded public
bus I return to the center of Asmara. An Eritrean lady sitting next to me
looks at my camera bag. She is joking, and wants me to bring her to
Europe, inside this bag. I promise I will bring her if she succeeds to
make herself small enough.
After a short break in the
Damera Bar, I make a long walk to the Asmara Expo, Corea Housing Complex,
Godaif, and the Ring Road passing Mai Chehot and Bahti Meskerem, to
complete today's exercise and to visit friends and family.
Abune Philippos Orthodox
Church - Adi Sogdo Eritrea.
Water supply - Adi Sogdo
Donkey cart - Adi Sogdo
Local super market - Adi
Shops - Adi Sogdo Eritrea.
Hadas and Selam (Damera Bar)
- Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Freweyni - Asmara Eritrea.
Sahel Street - The four lane
Road of Asmara is
one of the examples of the improvement of urban infrastructure.
Gorzit with her baby -
Vegetable market - Asmara