It's understandable for you to not believe such courage existed against the Italian invaders especially from a woman. All you were told had made to feel proud of is up to 150,000 Eritrean ascari men served Italians in their war against Africa. It is a fact that Eritrea was the biggest source of ascari source. read the below interview and see the stark difference between ascari and Ethiopian patriots.
The usual fairy tale.
I was a soldier of the Italian
I have lived eighty years and the period of the Italians. I was a soldier of the Italians, I was in Libya, on the side of Benghazi, and later in Libya. Then he returned from Libya, I and my mates we were in Ethiopia, we conquered Ethiopia. [...] [...] I was good at the time of the Italians, I had to pay graduated, I had three red stripes, I was Sciumé kisses, which was as a sergeant or corporal. [...] At that time life was good, not like today. The main contradictions of Italian politics we have seen with fascism. In the period before the state of relations between the Italians and Eritreans us was certainly not bad. I I have some memories of the first period of the Italians, even through my family. My father was a soldier, since 1896 [...] We did not know anything more young people during the Italian, we were soldiers only. The Italians were good, yes, but there were many forms of discrimination, such as in bars, restaurants, shops. We were fed separately, we could not join the Italians, and in this we have done wrong. But this was an order of Mussolini, was not so in the first period. [...] [...] One thing I must add, however: the Libyans and Somalis take more, have an increased pay, they take the pay as the Italians. We, however, pay us little, and then we complain because our treatment is different. But we have made the war in Libya, Ethiopia, have occupied this land from the Italians, then we have been abandoned [...].
(TADDIA I. Autobiography African, Milan, Franco Angeli, 1996, pp. 54-56)
Testimony of MG, born in Eritrea in 1913, recorded at Addi Ugri in 1993