10 Surprising Things I Learned While Traveling in Eritrea

Somewhere on a downtown street (adjacent to Alba Bistro) there’s an open wifi spot called Triple H OUTDOOR. I tried connecting and you bet, it didn’t work.   At the time of my trip (May to the end of July), Kuwait Dinar had the highest foreign currency exchange in Eritrea. The exchange rate is 49.5…… Continue reading 10 Surprising Things I Learned While Traveling in Eritrea

Hers: an ezine about a daughter’s love featuring Abeba Alemseged

The complexities of a mother-daughter relationship in the Eritrean diaspora

Littering: 15 Love Notes about Eritrea, Nostalgia, and Men.

I retrieved several notes centered on love and life inspired by my travels throughout Eritrea in the summer of 2014. Some were written in hindsight.

Forgiving My Father’s Country, A Poem from the Eritrean Diaspora

A young diaspora learns to accept and move past deep-seated resentment toward her father’s country in this short poem.

The Deacon

An evening with a young Eritrean deacon takes place nowhere, in particular, but in the depths of my heart.

Saeed: An Asmara Love Story

A foreigner and a handsome local meet at a dress shop. The foreigner requests a custom-made outfit. The local is a garment worker at the shop and now assigned to make the dress. What will happen once they lock eyes?

A Sibling’s Journey to Autism in Eritrea

I refer to the head of the National Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Eritrea on a first name basis. It only took one conversation to realize that Kiflay genuinely cares about this special population in Eritrea.