Gender and Sexual Abuses during the Italian Colonization of Ethiopia and Eritrea
The “Insabbiatti”, Thirty Years after


This paper explores the singular role of cross-cultural couples of Italian men and Abyssinian women during the fascist colonies in East Africa (Eritrea and Ethiopia). This article is based on an inquiry driven ethno-historical research conducted 30 years ago in Ethiopia among ex-Italian colonial actors in Ethiopia and their concubines. These ex-colons were calling themselves insabbiatti a very original term locally employed. To be an insabbiatto is to be stuck, shipwrecked, stranded in the sand. It means to be forgotten in Far-South Italian colonies (such as East Africa or Libya).

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Le Houérou, F. (2015) Gender and Sexual Abuses during the Italian Colonization of Ethiopia and Eritrea
The “Insabbiatti”, Thirty Years after. Sociology Mind, 5, 255-267. doi: 10.4236/sm.2015.54023.

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