Coming home to my motherland and myself: perspectives on identity, culture and self-preservation as a diaspora Eritrean
Muslim women in brightly colored garb and men donned in all white robes draw a close to Ramadan on July 28, 2014 in Tessenei, Eritrea.
Often looked as a woman’s work, the tailors in Eritrea’s capital of Asmara are typically male who run the family business and task their younger relatives to help out by sewing dresses and taking measurements.
Some homes are built on brick and wood, while others merely survive on sticks and straw tops for shelter. Many of the huts found in Tessenai – a market town in Eritrea just 30 miles from the Sudanese border – are occupied by migrants who come to work.
A boutique owner maintains her storefront between shopper drop ins on July 27, 2014 in Tessenei, Eritrea.
A worker inspects the pipes and then checks off a woman’s name on a list of residents expecting to receive their water bill at the end of the month in Adi Quala, Eritrea on August 8, 2014.
A city bus drops its passengers at the entrance of Expo, the annual family-festival showcasing cultural dances, art exhibits, innovation and a trolley ride in Asmara, Eritrea on August 24, 2014.
Two brothers brave the jagged roads of Adi Quala, a town that stretches two kilometers in Southern Eritrea. The town is home to fertile land and farmers who grow crops to supplement income. August 2014.
Beles buckets as top hats in Asmara, Eritrea. August 2014.
Young child shaves the skin off a ‘beles’ – the sweet, mushy cactus fruit eaten during the rainy season in Asmara, Eritrea on August 14, 2014.
Face painting was one of several activities at Expo, the annual family festival in Asmara, Eritrea during its two-week opening in August 2014. Among other activities was an art room next to the photo exhibits where children and youth were supplied with canvas paper and encouraged to paint freely.
A crowd peers out the window of a Muslim wedding outside of Adulis Restaurant on a Sunday night in downtown Asmara, Eritrea on August 29, 2014.
A woman without a home in downtown Asmara, Eritrea. Welcome to Free Eritrea.
A woman sells raymoc lottery tickets to by passers betting their luck on cashing in on hundreds of Nakfa near Arbaete Asmara, Eritrea on September 3, 2014.
An elder caught scanning the Tigrinya-language newspaper, Haddas Ertra, in downtown Asmara, Eritrea on August 27, 2014.
Couture at Alem Tsehai’s Fashion in downtown Asmara, Eritrea on September 7, 2014.
A section of this wall has been chipped off to its surface in order to skin and cut the meat off a goat that’s just been slaughtered in the home of a family in Asmara, Eritrea on July 20, 2014. The goat’s feet are tied up and it dangles while the man chops it into sizable pieces for consumption.
Two sisters sell the popular cactus pear fruit in the Medeber section of Asmara, Eritrea on September 6, 2014. Beles has a prickly exterior and mushy pink interior and heavily eaten during the rainy season. It costs 1 Nakfa and three are usually eaten in one setting.
A woman sits on a stool and looks outward in Asmara, Eritrea on September 5, 2014.
Mahaber Ikub is a monthly gathering where friends congregate in matching dresses and host the traditional coffee ceremony at one of the friend’s home. Asmara, Eritrea.
A child’s dream is to fly a plane, especially in a country where its national airlines discontinued six years ago and only runs on a case-by-case basis. This is a make believe airplane on display for two weeks at Expo, the annual cultural exhibition showcasing art, culture and science in Asmara, Eritrea, reconciles those dreams. August 24, 2014.