The goal of this tool is to provide a jumping-off point for developing rapport in the interpreted health encounter. Eritrean immigrants generally prefer that their children date and marry other Eritreans, because they feel that they will better understand each other’s culture.
As time goes on there is more inter-cultural dating, although this is still generally discouraged.
Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR) reports in December 2010"The United States is currently in the process of resettling approximately 6,500 Eritrean refugees from the Shimelba Refugee Camp in northern Ethiopia. resettlement are joining a group of 700 Kunama refugees from Shimelba who were resettled in the United States in 2007." See COR's The traditional language for more than half the population of Eritrea, and now the official language of Eritrea, is Tigrinya (also spelled Tigrigna).
Health conditions in the refugee camps were terrible and many suffered from hunger and disease.
Most Eritreans under the age of 50 will probably speak some English, as it is now being taught in Eritrean schools. Although some Eritreans speak English well, medical terminology may not be understood or be directly translatable.
Consequently, it is important to use an interpreter when explaining technical medical information.
The southern region has extinct volcanoes and fields of broken lava. The east, bordering the Red Sea, is a narrow strip of barren scrubland and desert.
Eritrea’s coastal location has long been important in its history and culture—a fact reflected in its name, which is an Italianized version of Mare Erythraeum, Latin for “Red Sea.” Eritrea’s history goes back to the days of the Pharaohs in Egypt, when they conducted trade with the chiefs of the Red Sea coasts.