This is one of the biggest Italian Cemeteries in Africa. In this compound lied 10,888 Italian soldiers fallen fighting to conquer the free land of Abyssinia.
Each separate block on the ground contains more than 300 bodies. Around the fence are artistic religious and historic images and scripts curved out of stones which contain their names and sculptures of St.Marry and Jesus, her son.
The bodies were collected from all the battle fields around Werqamba, Abiy Addi and the surrounding, especially from a bitter battle held on the foot of a mountain known as Werqamba located to the west of the cemetery.
A note inside the cemetery states “Those bodies which were identified has been moved to another place. The bodies still in here are those whose identity are not known to anybody except to God”.
The cemetery is located on the main roadside running Werqamba to Abiy Addi in between agricultural fields. Close to it is a church of St. Marry under construction. The guides will tell you that the Gheralta Lodge was first assumed to be built here in front of the cemetery. The owner promised to built the lodge and a church for the locals along with erecting two photographs of St. Marry, one black, which the Romans believe in and one a picture of her which the local community believe in. This ended in disagreement with the locals on the type of the second photograph, which was deep black and of a different look to the common one in Tigrai.
There is another stale some 300 meters to the south of the cemetery built to commemorate all the fallen heroes, heroins and humankind in general from both sides. Its caption, written in three languages Amharic, English and Italian, goes “In memory of the warriors who fell during the battle of Tembien in which clashed the opposing armies led by their highness’s Ras Seyum, Ras Kasa and by Gen. Somma”