Nacfa (Nakfa) Eritrea
View over Nacfa - capital of the Sahel province.
About 150 kilometer north of Keren lies the capital of the Sahel province, Nacfa.
It holds a special significance for
Eritreans, being home to the EPLF during the war. For a long time it was the base of EPLF resistance.
The Ethiopian Air force bombed the whole town, except the minaret of the Mosque which served as
point of orientation for the pilots. As a result, Nacfa was very heavily damaged. After the liberation of
Eritrea, the town has been completely rebuild.
A visit to Nacfa, which entails a fairly arduous road trip, will give you a better understanding of what
took place on the country's battlefields and will also take you to the heart of the collective Eritrean
Closest to the town, and particularly for those who are interested in the military history, are
the trenches of Denden. Here you can find the sites of the
liberation struggle: underground offices, hospitals, factories, school and homes, trenches and bunkers.
Many of these underground facilities are still accessible.
The climb to the twin peaks of Denden, a mountain that served as the EPLF radio transmission 'tower'
during the war of liberation is well worth the effort just for the view.
The Eritrean unit of currency, Nakfa,
introduced in 1998, is named after this town in the Sahel mountains.
The Ethiopian Air force bombed the whole city, except the minaret
of the Mosque which served as point of orientation for the pilots.
The battered mosque, the sole building left
standing in the town of Nacfa at the war's end.
"SHORT HISTORY OF THE MOSQUE OF NAKFA
This legendary history of the Nakfa mosque was told
by the local people of Nakfa. According to their saying the Nakfa
mosque was constructed by demand of Kenib Ay Osman under the guidance
of two Italian men, Signor Sherfon and Signor Romel, by the people of
Nakfa. To construct the mosque, all the local people of Nakfa brought
stones from the hills and lime stone from Askak. Nakfa mosque was
given service to its people until 1978. From 1978 the Ethiopian regime
got massive military support from foreigners to conquer Nakfa again
and launched heavy bombardments, not only on the frontline, on the
people, on the business sectors, and on the mosque. As a result, all
people of Nakfa left their beloved city and went to the neighboring
countries to save their lives. The Eritrean fighters resisted gallantly
and Nakfa didn't fall in the hands of the enemy. Nakfa once again
proved that is was sign of strong hold of Eritrean liberation.
VICTORY TO THE MASSES!"
Elementary school of Nacfa hidden behind cacti.
One of the remaining fortified structures now serving as a museum.
Remains of an Ethiopian Mig shot down by EPLF fighters.
One of a series of five paintings telling about the history of Nacfa.
Illuminated fountain at sundown in the town circle of Nacfa.
Monument celebrating 25 years liberated Nacfa - March 2002.
New build Apollo Hotel overlooking the town of Nacfa.
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