As an Eritrean-Canadian, my family found it very important that I knew about the independence story. As a little girl, something that really stuck out to me while watching the videos, seeing pictures and hearing the names of the relatives and family friends that were in the war, was the amount of women there were. It was so different from the depictions of war I was seeing in school at the time, because almost every soldier I saw was male. About a third of the Eritrean army were women, and it is argued that the war couldn’t of been won without them. That representation made me know that regardless what anyone may think, I am strong and capable just as anyone else.
Despite the messy politics and the many sides to the story that I’ve grown to learn - the resiliency of the Eritrean people; and it’s women, is truly admirable. Many people can attest to the struggle identity and politics can attract, but I proud of what makes me, me. I am proud to Eritrean, to be African, to be Black, and to be a woman. 🇪🇷 Stay tuned for more from this shoot! 📸 by @thodahatke 💛
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