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It’s often said in the Mahaffy family that a precondition for marrying into the clan is love for Eritrean food. Fortunately, that’s true for me, even though I grew up on a Minnesota farm where the diet leaned heavily toward bland.

I first met the Mahaffys through my older brother Lloyd, who lived with Paul, Samuel and Peter (in a student house with a reputation for independent thinking) while attending college in Iowa. Fast for...

August 8, 2018

 Iman Tekle from Salzburg, Austria

 The youngest students at the workshop. Ages between 16 and 17. Presented a wonderful short film using a cell phone.

All pictures are courtesy of Yemane Andeberhan.

August 8, 2018

I just returned from an intensive one-month summer filmmaking workshop in Asmara, Eritrea. This is the third workshop since it officially began in 2016. This year's filmmaking workshop happened during a "history making event" in the Horn of Africa.

This year, Ambassajir Berhe, Sara T. Meretab and myself led the workshop. I led the pre-production aspect of the workshop.  Ambassajir led the production and post production. Sara al...

December 4, 2017

In 2012, Andemichael Solomon wrote a book in Tigrinya entitled Sra't Dembezan: Ms Nai Mselatat Mezgebe Qalatun Mntsetsar ms Astrte Sr'atat Endaba/ ስርዓት ደምበዛን፡ ምስ'ናይ ምስላታትን መዝገበ ቓላቱን ምንጽጻር ምስ ዓሰርተ ስርዓታት እንዳባ /System (of Governance) of Debezan: with its proverbs, vocabulary index, and comparative studies with ten other customary laws. (Francescana Printing Press, Asmara. 329pgs.) It is about the customary laws of  Dembezan.

Andem...

November 30, 2017

As you recall, Professor Betty LaDuke donated her Eritrea related paintings to the people and Government of Eritrea in December 2016. At the beginning of November 2017, the paintings started to be shown around Eritrea. The art exhibit began the tour in Medefera, the capital city of zoba (province/state) Debub and would continue to other zobas.

October 12, 2017

Artist Professor Betty La Duke's Eritrea: Reshaping the Land is on the cover of the latest issue of Whole Terrain: Reflective Environmental Practice (Break Bread ) Volume 23  ( a publication of the Department of Environmental Studies of Antioch University New England .

Professor La Duke's article in the same publication is entitled, "Excerpts from Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table". In it, Prof. La Duke explains that food p...

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