The Egyptian government announced on June 19 the decision of President al-Sisi to provide compensation to Nubians for the homes and lands they had lost due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the mid-1960s. As might have been expected, the announcement has prompted a range of reactions from the Nubians themselves. Nubian […]
A statement by the young Nubian activist Siham Othman was widely quoted after she was arrested, along with 23 other protesters during their peaceful demonstration in Aswan early last September. She was quoted again two weeks ago in an Associated Press news report reviewing the reasons for the Nubian discontent. The writer, Hamza Hendawi, is […]
The Nubian people living in the Nile Valley of northern Sudan are as determined as ever to prevent the construction of two huge hydroelectric dams across the river that would destroy their homes. They don’t want to make the mistake the Nubians in the Aswan area of southern Egypt made in the 1960s by giving […]
An Egyptian television series called “The Singer” recently angered the Nubian community by seriously misrepresenting the history of their removal from Old Nubia in the 1960s. A news report in Al Monitor last week explained the reactions and controversy surrounding episode 5 of the series. The series includes the popular Egyptian singer, actor, and musician […]
The Nubians along the Nile in northern Sudan, who were mostly spared from flooding by Lake Nasser in the 1960s, are now facing the threat of destruction by dams in their own valleys.
Haggag Ouddul, the famous Nubian writer, published an article last week that describes some traditional customs connecting his people to the Nile River. He provides an evocative opening for his essay in Al-Ahram, a prominent Egyptian weekly magazine: “ Nubia is as soft as the Nile’s mud, dark as the Nile’s water and powerful as […]