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Nubians protest at Egypt tourist site demanding right to return to ancestral lands

Nubians are protesting a recently ratified decision by parliament that they say strips them of the right to return to their homelands on the upper banks of the Nile

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Feb 2016
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Nubians demand return to historic land. 22 February, 2016. (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)
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Scores of Nubians organised a silent protest on Monday at Abu Simbel Sanctuary in Upper Egypt to oppose a parliamentary decision they say prevents them from returning to their villages on the banks of the Nile, according to Ahram Arabic news website.

The small demonstration coincided with the biannual solar illumination of the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II, a phenomenon that draws crowds of tourists.

The protesters said they oppose a decree originally issued by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in 2014, which designates swathes of lands along border areas as army territory that should not be populated.

Critics of the decision say it strips many Nubians of the right to return to their historic homelands, which they had to leave due to construction of the High Dam in 1964.

The presidential decree was reviewed and approved by the newly elected parliament last month to the dismay of many Nubians who have since staged several protests.

Mohamed Azmy, head of the Nubians' Union, says the decision, which designates 18 villages as “border regions,” is "unconstitutional."

Egypt's new constitution, enacted in 2014, says the government should work towards the resettlement of Nubians to their ancestral lands within 10 years.

Protesters say Monday's demonstration at the ancient temple of Abu Simbel aimed to announce to the world their longing to return to their homelands.

Late-president Gamal Abdel Nasser relocated many Nubians with compensation to other parts of the south to make way for the construction of the High Dam.

Furthermore, the completion of the High Dam limited agricultural lands Nubians could cultivate, thus forcing them to migrate to other parts of the country.

Nubians, who complain of marginalisation by the state, have for decades demanded the right to return to their old villages.

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Amhose Nefertari
10-07-2016 01:07am
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Nefertari
The pale faced "Arabs" came into Kemet (Egypt) in 624 A.D. LONG AFTER the great civilzation which they are trying to appropriate in a country in which they have stolen from the NATIVE AFRICAN.
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Ramsees Jordon
25-02-2016 04:49am
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GOOD FOR THEM
I'm glad that they are facing the thieves.
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Cali
24-02-2016 11:24pm
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Jet Black
Dark black ppl are not indigenous to North Africa...says the arabs, therefore Nubians must go.
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Exa
09-03-2016 11:16pm
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North Africa my Foot
What about arabs in sub saharan africa? They must go too?
Exa
09-03-2016 11:16pm
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North Africa my Foot
What about arabs in sub saharan africa? They must go too?
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Arabesque
22-02-2016 03:59pm
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Nostalgia, Chaos ... and Security
A sufficient space between countries is essential for their security, preserved only for the military. Any urban planner knows this and Nubians should know this. Yet the state should also compensate Nubians fairly, by giving them extra privileges facilitating possession of land elsewhere. Nubian heritage is part of our country we should preserve, but without repeating past mistakes by letting random social mobility and settlement across borders decide a country's security. We lose billions yearly to illegal smuggling alone, not to mention the risks from Darfur, Libya and Gaza, our unfortunate neighbors. I wish speedy recovery for Egypt's neighbors, to become its allies again, against all Western neo-colonialists' and Zionists' futile plots.
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