Who is Richard Sundstrom?
Sundstrom the Swedish missionary has collected about a thousand pages in
Tigre on the different tribes and clans in Eritrea. Some writings are in
Swedish and fewer in English. A few are written in Tigrina.
He has categorized them, some in small books and mostly in sheets
written in pencil with different handwritings.
They are for example history and stories of - the Blin, the two Mensa,
Betjuk, Ad Temariam, Ad Tekles, Ad Sheikh, Hedarib, Belew, and the
There are various poems and Fekera to Dej Hailu, Ras Welde Mikel and
other Kebessa notables.
Richard Sundstrom was born in 1869 in Sweden. He lived in Geleb near
Keren 1898- 1913 collecting the writings being a missionary there.
He lived in Keren and was employed by the Italian government as the town
doctor until he died there in June 1919.