In Asmara, Eritrea, bowling alleys are adorned with stained-glass windows. A former gas station, modeled after an airplane, is flanked with breathtaking 98-foot wings. Called “Piccola Roma” by Mussolini in the 1930s, Asmara stood as the bustling hub of colonized Italian East Africa, and by the start of World War II, Italians—lured by the promise of Mussolini’s burgeoning African empire—outnumbered Eritreans. Continue reading How Eritreans Reclaimed Lasagna→
It’s late in the evening, windy and cool outside, and I am seated comfortably on the sofa in my aunt’s cozy, humble home in Asmara. Embaba (popcorn), himbasha (traditional Eritrean bread), and biscotti (cookies) are spread out on the table in front of me, while the appetizing aroma of tsebhi diffuses throughout the air. With the clock nearing the top of the hour, and having just finished flipping channels between Al Jazeera, CNN, and BBC, I excitedly look forward to the upcoming English Premier League football match. I am joined on the sofa by one of my cousins who is feverishly texting and playing various games on his cellular phone, while my other cousins and their friends are happily engrossed in a recent western film on their laptop in the adjoining room. As the television program switches to a commercial with a svelte, young, attractive female encouraging viewers to purchase a “5-minute” instant weight loss product, my attention drifts to ponder the broader implications of what my immediate context signifies. Continue reading Globalization and Eritrea: Some Thoughts→
Petit Oeil, Producers of the ‘Eritrea: Come and See‘ documentary film, in association with Investig’Action presents the following interview they have conducted in Asmara with the renowned Lawyer, Sociologist and Anthropologist Professor Asmerom Legesse. on Eritrean Cultures against existing laws and customs.
YPFDJ is a unique youth movement, a youth movement that is growing at a rapid rate. It is at such a rapid rate that the world is starting to take notice and that’s when you know you’re starting something big.
Where did I get this information that even the U.S. government is starting to take notice of YPFDJ you may ask? I got it from a presentation by Simon Tesfariam at this year’s conference in which he briefly discussed about how the YPFDJ is growing at such a rate that it is starting to get noticed. Continue reading YPFDJ Deserve Our Praise→
Building Strong, Conscious and Patriotic Youth Movement
BY BEREKET KIDANE,
AMONG the Eritrean diaspora, as during the years of the armed struggle for independence, youth groups have always been an organized phenomena. Eritrean youth groups in the diaspora have in the past made an outsize contribution to the armed struggle for independence that greatly exceeded their numbers. Today, the youth group that is proudly carrying that mantle is YPFDJ. Continue reading Hail to Young PFDJ→
PUT hundreds of young Eritreans from around the world in one room, along with their dreams and aspirations and add some of the leading experts and thought leaders on Eritrea and what do you get? A very high energy and exciting conference!
The 10th Annual YPFDJ Conference was about the dreams and aspirations of Eritrean young people. It was about identity. It was about community building and consciousness raising. It was about building and sustaining a youth movement that will support a bright future for an Eritrea that is setting its own course, while setting itself apart from Western stereotypes about African countries. Continue reading Reflections on the 10th Annual YPFDJ North America Conference→
NO matter what part of the globe you live in, there is always an Eritrean Summer Festival near you that you can get to this time of year.
Following the initiative of the Eritrean Community of Italy and liberation era nationalistic fervor, the first Eritrean Summer Festival was organized in Bologna, Italy in 1974. Since then it has spread to all corners of the globe where Eritreans live and has become one the biggest and longest-running summer cultural festivals of the African Diaspora.
The vaunted Eritrean-American Community of the Greater Washington, DC area is holding its annual summer festival this weekend. The importance of the summer festival is that it has become a representative focal point of Eritrean culture and art. Concerts are always at the center of the festival. Eritrea’s top musicians tend to tour the globe this time of year and hit the different festivals held in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities where there are sizable Eritrean communities. Continue reading Diaspora Eritrea’s Summer Festivals→