ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eritrea and music lessons

Updated on February 12, 2018

Eritrea, or Music Lessons

The parents of my student said that they had come from Eritrea. Just to look at them, I guessed it was somewhere in Africa, but had no idea where exactly Eritrea was.

From an Internet encyclopedia I learned that this country gained independence only in 1993. At that time I, too, was gaining a certain type of independence myself, and, of course, I missed the act of formation of a new country.

My new friends are beautiful people, simila to the Ethiopians, which is not surprising -- it is Ethiopia they broke away from.

Eritrea was an Italian colony since 1882. It is located on the Red Sea coast in Eastern Africa, bordering Ethiopia and Sudan in the west. The capital of the country is Asmera.

Eritrean currency is nakfa / 100 cents. This is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its total area is the size of the Orenburg region.

Eritrea means the Red Sea in Greek. The country is named for the sea, for the red algae, which colors the waters during flowering.

The sea is unique in that it is a natural basin and over thousands of years there no rivers flow into it. The water is clear and warm, and the flora and fauna are found nowhere else.

I do not know about Eritrea, but in Israel an underwater aquarium is built in the Red Sea.

In that aquarium you feel as if you were sinking to the bottom of the sea, and from there, you contemplate the unique and wondrous underwater world.

In Israel, you can also ride a boat with a glass bottom in order to observe the life in the water right beneath your feet.

The sea is amazing; luckily, we managed to visit, swim and even gather corals, the dead ones, which already turned white.

Let us return to Eritrea. After the Italians, the British ruled the Eritreans from 1941 until 1952.

From 1962 to 1993 the Eritreans fought for independence from Ethiopia.

My students’ father once lent me a book of one of the Eritrean patriots, who described the struggle for independence and his own role in it. I must admit, this was not a light reading.

Having looked through the book and through and coming across lines about a heart torn from one’s breast and lying in the dust, I realized that this book is not for everyone. I learned that Marxism was cultivated in this country, and as a result, the man’s brother -- my student’s uncle -- studied in Russia and learned the Russian language. Now, Russia is one of the customers of Eritrea’s commercial products.

At this time, the country is run by a group of war veterans. On the religious front, the country is divided in half. The Muslim faith group takes almost fifty per cent, and the rest consists of of different groups and Christians.

My student’s family observes the Greek Orthodox religion.

Eritrea has several historical monuments, like the Corinthian columns of the neoclassical palace of the governor, Roman porticos of the Opera House, and one of the earliest human settlements dating back to 8000 BC.

Eritrea can claim the proud fact that it is the birthplace of Alexander Pushkin’s great-grandfather.

Information one can find on the Internet encourages us to visit this fantastic country, but warns of possible issues, like illness, bad roads, troubled atmosphere; however, the cost of living is very low.

I really like the Ethiopian-Eritrean bread - injera -- it is similar to pancakes, prepared from the teff seed flour, which contain a lot of iron that has blood-restorative qualities.

We tried injera for the first time in New York City..

I also really like summer flip-flops from Eritrea, I hope someday I get a chance to wear them.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • eneva profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks, i will correct that

    • profile image

      S. Ephrem 

      6 years ago

      Much of the basic information you have gathered is true. The bit where you have been misinformed is where you say that Eritrea supports islamic extremists. WRONG. Eritrea has been wrongly and unjustly tarnished with this fabricated representation by those (including some powerful nations of the international community)that are bitter about her independence and are working hard to destabilise her sovereign statehood. Very sad to hear that you got this information not from the western media, (untrustworthy) but from an encyclopeadia. Eritrean Christians (Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants) live happily and in peace with Muslims (not extremists) - very hard to find anywhere in the region this tranquillity.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)