A line of electricity poles erected all the way from Dase through Brar and nature’s beauty accompanies one’s ride from Barentu to Tokombia- a semi-urban center in the Gash-Barka region. After a few kilometers of travel, a billboard on which “Hrisha Semshemia” (Shemsemia Farm Area) is written calls one’s attention that Tokombia is situated around a river bank encircled by palm trees just in a distance of 3-4 km. In a nearby area, just to the left, one could see the recently built Adiabo Junior and Secondary school followed by Martyrs cemetery and a Public healthcare center.
The beauty of Tokombia Semi-urban center could only be noticed by making a personal visit and not by any sort of information one obtains from other visitors. This semi-urban center is among the busiest market places of the Gash-Barka region. Its inhabitants are mostly farmers and pastoralists.
The martyrs’ cemetery and a public healthcare center that were entirely destroyed in 2000 by the TPLF Regime are now built anew. Just at the opposite side of the healthcare center lies Adiabo Junior and Secondary School. This school is situated in the outskirt of the semi-urban center and is convenient enough teaching and learning process. Besies Adiabo, Tokombia has other institutions of education ranging from kindergarten through junior schools.
Even though Tokombia is situated around a river bank, it has not been easy to gain access to safe potable water. Thus, in order to judiciously manage its water resources and to ensure that its inhabitants are having healthy lifestyle through the availability of safe water supply, water pipe lines have been put in place so as to reach a number of households. This semi-urban center is among areas that are endowed with abundant amount of water. Owing to the abundant amount of water, there are a number of bathrooms that give service to the inhabitants and guests alike.
This semi-urban center is more vibrant every Tuesdays. A number of merchants flock to this place on Mondays so as to make use of the lively market day (Tuesday) which is busies of all week days. On this very day, there is plenty of items and farm produce available for inhabitants of Tokombia and for guests. It is hardly possible to find an unoccupied room in the hotels unless any visitor booked one a head of the market day. Mechants from Dase, Barentu, Mogolo, Anagule, Kuluku, Fieda, Binbina, Bushuka, Shamboko, Cheferay, Wdase, Sha’hat, Digbidi, Aytera, Derseney, Hadish-Makel, Mefletch, Aynebi, Arakub, Deki-Andu, Antore, Adi-Berbere, Dado, Awgaro, Gherenfit, Mai-Shegeli, Aghume, Hashen-Doba, Buko and other areas of the country flock to Tokombia and thus a vibrant trade activity is conducted every Tuesday.
There is huge number of cattle, donkeys, camels, hens in Tokombia’s market place. Owing to a vast grazing area no buyer or seller could be worried about animal feed. Millet, Corn, and Sorghum are the most known agricultural produce of this respective semi-urban center. There is almost no vegetable and no fruit which does not grow in Tokombia. Diary and dairy products seem as if they only stream from this area alone.
Tokombia is very favorable for the cultivation of sesame, nut, cotton and other industrial plants. Apart from agricultural activity, wood and metal workshops and Garages are also very busing giving services.
Taking in to account the importance of this ever vibrant semi-urban center, the Government has so far built a strategic Bridge that enables to easily cross the Gash River. This bridge has so far played a significant role towards improving the living standards of the inhabitants of that respective area in particular and of the merchants who flock there for business activities. What is more one gets excited to see a stream of water just below the bridge. In noticing that the bridge is what sandwiched the vehicle one is onboard and the stream of water, every passerby gets more excited to be there every summer time.
Upon looking to the village that is only separated by the Gash-river, a new scene of development appears to one’s eyes. An infrastructure for telecommunication service is being put in place. The semi-urban center which has been steadily growing would continue to flourish but now with an added momentum.