Early Wednesday morning, live from Asmara International Airport, here I am with the local press team, ready to welcome home the Eritrean athletes upon their return from the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing. The Eritrean team came back with the country’s first-ever gold medal in the men’s marathon, won by the precocious, young sensation, Ghirmay Ghebreselassie.
A friend storms in saying ‘what kind of a person is x, all this time I thought he was a nice guy!’ You would wonder what mister x did so wrong to anger your friend in that manner and ask ‘what did he do to you?’ Your friend would reply, ‘we have known each other for a long time and he doesn’t greet me well’. And if you are not familiar with the Eritrean way of life, you may find yourself taken aback by this.
With about 800,000 population, 231 administrative areas and 1018 villages, the Southern Region is one of the six regions that have been actively engaged in familiarizing their content in this year’s festival. And as part of this, with the theme ‘Equal Opportunities for All’, this region has opened a golden opportunity for the hearing-impaired citizens.
The city of Asmara grew from a mere scattering of four villages to what we know today as our nation’s beautiful capital. Its development as an urban center came mostly with the advent of the Italian occupation of Eritrea in 1889.
According to anthropologists, any society is said to be civilized by virtue of having a culture. Since culture is a means through which humans make life easy and comfortable, their definition can be simply proved to be right, since this preoccupation has be a natural hallmark of any given society. The key point here is that the point that stresses the need or rather the struggle to make life easier and comfortable. This challenge is relative, which means it changes with time and place since both brings with them a specific challenges and opportunities.