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Asmara's Iconic Shida Square is Turned into a Christmas Tree

Shida Square in Asmara - December 24, 2013 - Credit:  Awet Tadesse


Asmara's Iconic Shida Square is Turned into a Christmas Tree

Asmara's iconic Shida Square has been decorated in Christmas festivities, according to an image obtained from a resident in the city.

SHIDA SQUARE

Located in a park called Shida Square in downtown Asmara, the giant sandal statues were erected in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Eritrea's independence. The sandals, which are known locally as "shidas" (Arabic) or "congos" (Tigrinya), consists of two statues made out of 20 foot sheets of metal, looking as if they were carelessly tossed off someone's feet. Worn by Eritrean freedom fighters during their thirty-year independence struggle, the statues serves as an unmarked memorial to the sacrifices made by its martyrs.


Merry Christmas.

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15 comments:

  1. SHEDA represents all Eritreans while Xmass tree represent only the minority of Eritreans so pls bring back SHEDA !!!!

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  2. Don.t worry the Shida will be there for ever. However, X-mass tree does not represent only the minority of Eritreans but 50% of Eritrean population so let them enjoy their X-mass events as it is decorated.

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  3. does anyone know or understand why the SHEDA was taking off in the first place? i've asked everyone i can from people who work within the government to Asmarinos and no one seems to give a stright answer, what is the deal? i love that SHEDA more than any icon in eritrea and i see it as representing every eritrean, so i ask anyone who could help what happen with the SHEDA? I WANT MY SHEDA BACK ITS NOW BEEN ALMOST 10 YEARS, nothing takes this long to fix...what are you doing making it out of Gold... and please do not make it go around.... just bring back the old worn out SHEDA. please

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  4. To simba
    I have to be worried, the statistics that you are talking is to say the least is not accurate unless it suits you ?
    Even if it is true what about the other 50% ?
    This iconic round about should be inclusive even to those who are neither Muslims nor Christians !!!!!!!
    Wake up !!!!

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  5. The Shedas are still there. All they did was add Christmas decorations on top of it. They will be back after the holidays are over.

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  6. I think what "Fetaw Hageru" doesn't want to say is he is Muslim of the violent and extreme Wahhabi sect (cult). These type of brainwashed people think 99.9% of Eritreans are Wahhabi Muslims and the rest are considering to convert to Wahhabi Islam. You can never have a rational debate with a Wahhabi. I mean where does he get the audacity to tell Asmarinos that they have no right to decorate a monument in their own city for a holiday that vast majority of its citizens in the city celebrate? His argument for not decorating the Sheda is what gives it away. Instead of saying its a national monument that shouldn't be touched, he says Christians are a minority, therefore, they shouldn't decorate it. Clearly this guy is an extremists and has a deep seated hatred for non-Muslims. Too bad you Wahhabi scum, Eritrea is not Saudi Arabia.

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  7. ahhh are you sure??? i'm sorry if they put it back since last december but even in the picture i can't seem to see it... we are talking about the same SHEDA in the roundabout, that's by Blue Nile restaurants & i forget the bar next to it & the Chinese restaurant ? right?

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  8. ahhh are you sure??? i'm sorry if they put it back since last december
    but even in the picture i can't seem to see it... we are talking about
    the same SHEDA in the roundabout, that's by bar Zieli, Blue Nile restaurants & i
    forget the bar next to it & the Chinese restaurant ? right?

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  9. He's agame pretender don't be fooled by the fetaw hageru crab,anafra qoqaH zeyfelit si ayhadanayn

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  10. Hi guest.


    If you look at the image below, you can see the Sheda statues are still there.

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  11. I thought that spot was being reserved to dictator Issays statue. He will not be happy with xmass tree there some one will end up at era ero for this.

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  12. I was in Asmara the last two years and it was covered the two years i was there and i was told it has been that way for years which no one knows why its taken down or if it's ever going to come back. So please post accurate info and if you don't know, silence is always golden!!!

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  13. To agonistic Eritrean
    Why are you so agitated with Muslim and Christine
    % in Eritrea for a fact there is is no census that was carried out in Eritrea to determine wether Muslims are the majority or otherwise but we all know the Catholics are minority but this is not an issue the civilization of a country is measured by its treatment to minority,children,disabled and women.But we know the record of our government
    It's treatment to Jehovah's and Pentecost as well as the residents of Mai Habar "wuguaat hare net"
    If you deny this facts you don't deserve to be eritrean.

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  14. To Abdu
    My wards are equally agitating you like the so called agonistic Eritrean but I can undrerstund that
    You are trying to be more catholic than the Romans not too bad !!!!!

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  15. u re stupid, where is shida now?

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