Stages of Destruction: From Indigenous Hidmos to Asmera's Art Deco Buildings

From Welcome to Asmarino Independent. Thu Dec 13 2012, 23:28:58

"The city above the clouds"1 was an inferno with little public space for its inhabitants to hide, despite the deceptive custom of the famous passegiata in its downtown area. The strollers in this avenue, whose fathers and grandfathers were prohibited to venture by the apartheid rule of the Fascist regime, are oppressed and de-humanized creatures. They are dwellers of a ghetto city who either wait to be picked for as slave laborers and soldiers or have come back shaken and traumatized without any recourse to psychiatric clinics. They timidly share the sidewalks with the affluent diaspora tourists, which evokes the dichotomy of life between the colonial Italians and the wretched natives. ...

The Art deco buildings from colonial Italy were "intact" wrote many journalists, travel writers, including some of our elite completely oblivious to the onas of thousands of hidmos, and tikuls that were turned into ashes in the long war before the "liberation" of Asmera. ...

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