The ancient history of Asmara goes back to the cluster of villages that later joined together to form the origin of the present day Amara. The four villages include Geza Serensir, Geza Asma’a, Geza Gurotom and Geza Shilele. Each of the villages had their own Churches which are among the wonders of Asmara for its unique style and architecture. The Saint Mary Church, Saint Gabriel, Saint Georgis are among the many ancient Churches of ancient Asmara, which was then called Arbate Asmara. Arbate Asmara means the merging of four villages.
These selected cases that are related to forgiveness are taken from ‘Why Forgive?’ By Johann Christoph Arnold. These cases are about forgiving us. The book as a whole is extraordinarily stimulating. So it is hoped that this extract will be also stimulating for the readers of this column. But it would be more fruitful if one reads the entire book.
Keren is a town surrounded by variety of landscapes and climate. It is also the center to different cultures for a number of ethnic groups residing in the region. The town is also rich in a number of historic and tourist sites.
Looking at the architectural structure of the buildings in the town make one understand that this is a town frequented by the Turkish colonizers in the region. But it was also a town frequented by the other colonizers that occupied the country, but it was the Turkish that first constructed modern building in the town along with introducing trade activities.
How often do you find yourself talking about some else’s live that has nothing to do with your own? And have you ever taught about why you are saying those things about that particular person? It might seem that there is no harm done in discussing someone’s imperfection to socially engage in a conversation but the effect of such a chit-chat is deeper. You might come up with a bunch of excuses for raising the person’s name on that particular instance but whether consciously or unconsciously, in a good or bad what we did was gossiping, no matter the reason or the fact.
Mohammed Al-Nasser, a Saudi tourist visited Eritrea in the 1960s. Following his trip to the country, he published a journal entitled “The Tour through the Green Africa”. On his book, Mohamed wrote his experience, and what he has witnessed in his visit to Eritrea. Below are some of his impressions translated: