Sunday 10 April 2016

The man from Nefasit

On the road from Dekemhare to Asmara: near Nefasit

Somewhere in these rugged mountains, on the way from Dekemhare to Asmara in Eritrea, there lives a man who has lost both his hands, and is blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. His family is in the village of Abba Petros, sdb, who told me the story. This man asked the government of Eritrea for a piece of land where he could raise bees and make honey, and being an ex-soldier, he was granted a piece on the mountains, which is where he lives now, raising bees. He cooks for himself, eats with a spoon, drives a car up and down the mountain roads (he's had his share of accidents). And when asked by Abba Petros how he felt, he said: Blessed. I feel blessed that God left me one eye and one ear, and I am happy. 

Someone might argue with that theology, but you can't argue with the fact that this man is happy - when he has so little reason to be. 

It is amazing how much happiness I saw in my short visit to Eritrea. 

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