Photography #3: Eritrea

This is a part of my story, my roots and my family.

My father is born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea. He had to leave the country when he was only 9 years old and he had to go alone. He thought his whole family died in the Independent war in the 1950, but he did not know that his mother was still alive. In that year he left Eritrea he found his home, the house with his 9 siblings, aunts, uncles and everyone bombed. They were all inside.

When I think about it sometimes I am amazed and sad, what a brave little boy my father must have been – had to be, travelling alone to the seaside with the thought that his whole family just died. Climbing on a the next ship as a stoaway and eventually landed in the USA, a country he has never been before with nobody he can relay on. Like I said he was nine years old.

Eritrean people are very recourceful, brave and have a amazing skill for surviving. And it sometimes breakes my heart to see all those refugees here and knowing that they have a similar story as my Dad.


But yes enough of that: pictures and photography…

I was able to visit Eritrea some years ago when there was still food, water and electicity. I saw beautiful landscape, amazing history and kind people. And to be honest I never felt as safe in a city before, as I felt in Asmara the capital of Eritrea. Everyone was concerend if we were lost or if we want to know something about anything. If we want tea or coffee, where are we from and so on. We were welcomed and it was great there…

But let me show you some pictures 🙂
Asmara

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Massawa

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Countryside

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Family

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Eritrea

This is my grandmother:
Eritrea

There is always more on my flickr and in my photography section. So thank you for your time – cheers and hugs xx

side note: sorry that my post sounds a little depressed… But my granddad died some days ago and two of some closer clients of mine. I don’t know.
My granddad was 96 and it was not really a surprise, the clients were both just in their 50. It is just a little exhausting right now, but I am fine ^^

9 Replies to “Photography #3: Eritrea”

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your grandad and your clients. My condolences to you and your family.

    Thank you for sharing your photos and your family history. It was interesting to read more about you and your background.

    Even though I have never been there, from your photos and description, it sounds like a place where the human spirit is quite strong and the kindness of the people there is quite generous. It is always good to read about parts of the world that are like this. Often, we only hear about all the bad things that go on in the news and rarely get to see the things that make our hearts feel light and happy.

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    1. Thank you dear Alasse 🙂

      “rarely get to see the things that make our hearts feel light and happy.”
      That is so true… especially in the media now days. I am happy that you enjoyed the post and the pictures. I really hope I can go back one day soon.

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  2. So sorry to hear about your grandad and your clients, Rachel. It must be difficult to lose them, especially so close together. My heart goes out to you and to your family.

    Your dad sounds amazing. He had to have a lot of courage to make such a difficult journey at nine years old! And how nice you were able to visit Eritrea, to see your dad’s homeland. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing your photos and memories with us, dear.
    Hugs! ❤️

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  3. I’m also very sorry to hear about this Nana-chan! This is so sad.

    Non the less these pictures are very beautiful and your words are very touching! Making oneself thoughtful and remember to be grateful what we have! It is nice to read you enjoyed your time there non the less and has a great experience!

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  4. I am so sorry to hear about your loss and I am sending my condolences to you and your family. It is so sad.
    Thank you for sharing the story and these beautiful photos from Eritrea! It is not often we meet such warming people with the heart in the right place.

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