Caravel Seraglio (Medeber) that was engineered by an Italian architect Cavanari Edwardo. Situated at the northeastern of Asmara, Medeber was constructed to become a market place for used items. At this time, Medeber has become a center of invention and innovation where youths show their creative talent in modifying goods for a better use and making varied utensils and other household items as well as varied types of furniture.
Jingling and rattling sounds fill ones ears while steeping to the inner workshops of Medeber. The hammering of irons and the noise it makes is just like music to the ears. In this center of excellence, people from all walks of life are daily engaged in crafting activities. Each and every activity just amazes one and satisfied with what is showcased; people are obliged to capture such a thrilling activity through their cameras. One could see a lightening of camera flashes being shot to all directions as if trying to capture the entire scene at once.
Seeing senior citizens engage in heavy works makes one not only wonder but also admire the work ethics these people are bequeathing to the youths. Mr. Hassen Ahmed started to work in Medeber since the British colonial era. Even though aging, Mr. Hassen is still robust. He has sustained the making of brooms since the British period to date; but there were some interruptions for he used to travel to Sudan and to Saudi Arabia.
Employers in Medeber hire experienced wood and metal workers and they also train apprentice in varied fields of works. This time, there are about 450 small scale firms that embrace skilled human power and a number of apprentices. All in all, Medeber is a center of excellence in which people from all walks of life engage themselves into intensive working hours. (Shabait)