Photographer's Note

While in Eritrea in 1993, where I was sent to report from the referendum on independence from Ethiopia, I spent a couple of days away from the capital, Asmara.

One of those days when there was not much going on I rented a car with a driver to see the port city Massawa at the Red Sea. During the long war Massawa was often the centre of heavy fighting, whereas Asmara was totally saved from the war. The Eritrean liberation movements deliberately refrained from attacking the Ethiopian forces controlling Asmara, because they didn't want to reach independence with a devastated capital city.

The strategic importance of Massawa made this major port city a different matter.

A large part of the way to the Red Sea the road was meandering down the hillsides. It wasn't an entirely safe journey, because the driver was going rather too fast for my comfort through the curves and I wasn't sure if the brakes were good enough. Maybe he trusted in God, but I didn't, so I was glad to stop now and then to catch my breath and to take a few pictures of the beautiful scenery.

You may think that I just for once have posted a photo without any people, but you are wrong. There are several persons in this photo, they are just very small and far away. But I have found some outside the mosque on the far left side and others on what looks like a sports ground behind the single tree near the centre of the photo. I think I saw a few on the road too.

Here is a larger version.

I will add a workshop from somewhere else along the road and another one from among the ruins of Massawa.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides. No map references today, because I have no idea where this was.

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