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L'Egypte en changement donne de l'espoir aux Nubiens longtemps marginalisés

L'Egypte en changement donne de l'espoir aux Nubiens longtemps marginalisés | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
An ancient culture displaced by dams hopes for rebirth along the Nile.

 

Fatma Emam Sakory arrives late and flustered for our interview. The Nubian rights activist takes a moment to compose herself, then reels off the litany of racist comments she heard as she dashed through the streets of downtown Cairo.

"You're black—who'd even want to look at you?" she says one man told her after she rebuffed his advances.

For Nubians, whose dark African skin sets them apart in mostly Arab Egypt, such treatment is nothing new.

For decades, they've tiptoed around the fringes of mainstream Egyptian society, stranded in the political wilderness as they've waged a long and largely fruitless campaign to return to their historic homeland along the border of southern Egypt and northern Sudan.

Now, tens of thousands of Egyptian Nubians feel they might have their chance.

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Egyptian President promises Nubians 'long awaited' justice

Egyptian President promises Nubians 'long awaited' justice | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 

According to a subsequent statement issued by the presidency, delegation members demanded the repatriation of Nubian families who were involuntarily displaced during the last century.

 

Beginning in 1902, many Nubians were forced to leave their ancestral homelands south of Aswan in Upper Egypt to allow construction of the Aswan Reservoir.

 

The largest wave of migration came between 1960 and 1963, however, when Egypt began building the Aswan High Dam during the presidency of Gamal Abdel-Nasser.

 

The Nubian delegation that visited Morsi also reportedly demanded the development of local infrastructure in their respective villages, while also calling for the empowerment of Nubian women by encouraging their entry into Egyptian political life.

 

President Morsi, for his part, said he would urge the government to raise the issues discussed at Monday's meeting with the Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament currently endowed with legislative authority.


Ahram Online, via Egypt.com

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Remise du Prix de la Fondation pour Genève au Professeur Charles Bonnet

Remise du Prix de la Fondation pour Genève au Professeur Charles Bonnet | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Victoria Hall (Plainpalais), Genève le mercredi 6 mars 2013 18:00 - 20:00

 

La Fondation pour Genève, à laquelle s’associent les Autorités genevoises et l’Université de Genève, se réjouit de rendre hommage au Professeur Charles Bonnet dont l’engagement sans relâche depuis 40 ans fait de Genève un pôle d’excellence de l’archéologie tant médiévale que nubienne. 

Conférence par le Professeur Charles Bonnet 
Les pharaons noirs de Nubie - Recherches archéologiques d’une mission suisse dans la vallée du Nil 

Laudatio 
par Monsieur Pascal Couchepin 
Ancien Président de la Confédération suisse 

Inscription obligatoire

 www.fondationpourgeneve.ch 

18:00 - 20:00entrée libre

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Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile wins American publisher award

Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile wins American publisher award | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile, published by the American University in Cairo Press was named best book in the Archaeology and Anthropology category during the 37th Annual American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) ceremony in Washington.

The PROSE Awards annually recognise excellence in books, journals, and electronic content in over forty categories. Publishers and authors are acknowledged for their commitment to pioneering works of research and for contributing to the conception, production, and design of landmark works in their fields.

 

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Nubians still dream of return to historical lands in Upper Egypt

Nubians still dream of return to historical lands in Upper Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dozens of Nubians, frustrated by lack of progress in ongoing resettlement negotiations with Egypt's post-revolution governments, stage demonstration before Shura Council in Cairo

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In front of a long line of Central Security Forces eyeing them from behind thick barbed wire, they stand in a circle, their arms wrapped around each other's backs, and they dance to the rhythm of a song only they can understand.

 

More than a hundred Nubians gathered on Saturday in front of Egypt's Shura Council building to protest what they call "the deliberate and continued marginalisation" of their nation, which, they say, "represents the origin of Egypt."

"If Egypt is the mother of the world, then Nubia is Egypt's mother," Abd El-Moneim Abd El-Wahab of Al-Madiq Nubian Association said, modifying the familiar saying.

Abd El-Wahab, an old man sitting in the shade in a galabiya (traditional dress), is demanding, like many men and women at the protest, a resettlement law that would relocate the 44 Nubian villages on the banks of Lake Nasser, which they insist on calling by its original name: 'Lake Nubia.'

Starting in 1902, Nubians had to leave their lands south of Aswan in Upper Egypt so the government might build its Aswan Reservoir. The largest wave of migration came in 1960-1963, when Egypt started building the Aswan High Dam under Gamal Abdel Nasser's presidency.

"We want our lands and homes back," women from the Nubian village of Al-Seyalla, who did not want to disclose their names, said.

Several Nubian groups drafted a 40-article resettlement plan that they had presented to Egypt's first post-revolution parliament (since dissolved by military order).

 

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Morsi promises to focus on Upper Egypt grievances

Speaking at a public event at Sohag Stadium on Saturday, Morsi – with the attendance of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, chief of presidential staff Fathi Refaa El-Tahtawi, and a number of governors – stressed that numerous improvements are being targeted.

 

"Upper Egypt has long suffered from the lack of many [fundamental] services, and today we are here to work on unemployment, security, and infrastructure, among other things," he said.

 

"We feel you and we feel your problems, and the government will come up with solutions to the accumulated issues the Upper Egyptian governorates have been suffering."

 

El-Tahtawi called on attendees to support the president, and the crowd in the stadium chanted: "With our blood, with our soul, we'll sacrifice for you, Morsi."

 

The president also faced opposition during his trip to the south of the country.

 

Hundreds staged anti-government protests in Upper Egypt's Sohag, gathering in Al-Thaqafa Square in Sohag city and chanting against the government's policies and Morsi's visit.

 

Clashes reportedly broke out between the protesters and police, who fired teargas to disperse the crowds. A number of people suffered from breathing difficulties as a result.

 

Morsi also had to cancel a meeting at Sohag University with the university's faculty and students, as hundreds of students protested against his visit.




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Egypt's President Morsi receives delegation from Nubia

According to a subsequent statement issued by the presidency, delegation members demanded the repatriation of Nubian families who were involuntarily displaced during the last century.

 

Beginning in 1902, many Nubians were forced to leave their ancestral homelands south of Aswan in Upper Egypt to allow construction of the Aswan Reservoir.

 

The largest wave of migration came between 1960 and 1963, however, when Egypt began building the Aswan High Dam during the presidency of Gamal Abdel-Nasser.

 

The Nubian delegation that visited Morsi also reportedly demanded the development of local infrastructure in their respective villages, while also calling for the empowerment of Nubian women by encouraging their entry into Egyptian political life.

 

President Morsi, for his part, said he would urge the government to raise the issues discussed at Monday's meeting with the Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament currently endowed with legislative authority.




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Egyptian Nubians to launch first-ever political party

Moussa said that founding members currently in the process of collecting citizens' signatures throughout the country in support of the nascent party's establishment.

 

According to regulations governing the establishment of political parties, 1000 citizens' signatures are required to found any new official party.

 

Moussa explained that the new Nubian Nile Party would put Nubian issues at the top of its agenda, along with other pressing national issues.

 

"We [Egypt's large Nubian community] have deep roots in Egypt," he said. "We reject those who question our Egyptian identity and commitment to Egypt."

 

Moussa went on to stress that the presence of a Nubian party would prevent other Egyptian political parties from exploiting Nubian issues for their own advantage.

 

He also explained that the new party would not be based on ethnicity, stressing that it would be open to Egyptians of all ethnicities and political currents without discrimination.

 

He added, however, that it had a specific vision for the Nubian community, which is estimated at roughly 3 million out of Egypt's total national population of 87 million.

 

Egyptian Nubians have long complained of neglect and marginalisation by the central government in Cairo.

 

Following construction of the Aswan High Dam by president Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s, some 50,000 Nubians in 44 villages were forced to resettle north of Aswan, in the Kom Ombo and Essna areas.

 

Ever since, Nubians have complained that they were never compensated by the state for the lands they lost and to which many hope to return someday.

 

Last year, Nubian activists complained about the lack of Nubian representation on Egypt's constituent assembly, which drafted the country's new constitution. 




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Searching for the lost royal city of Nubia in northern Sudan

Searching for the lost royal city of Nubia in northern Sudan | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Geoff Emberling is doing what few archaeologists do anymore in a world that has been worked over pretty well by picks, trowels and shovels. He's searching for a lost royal city.

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The ancient capital was ruled by the kings of Nubia, which now lies in northern Sudan, just south of Egypt. Little is known about the kings who suddenly appeared on the historical stage about 800 B.C. and conquered all of Egypt before eventually fading back into the desert.

"We have no idea where these kings came from," said Emberling, a research scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan. "They basically appeared out of nowhere."

Nubia, also known as Kush, was one of Africa's earliest centers of political authority, wealth and military power. But because of the lack of information about Nubia, it hasn't been part of the bigger discussion about the rise and fall of civilizations in the way that Egypt and Mesopotamia have.

Much of the archaeological research has focused on tombs and temples in the Nubian capital of El Kurru, Emberling said.

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