Nubia Bulletin
Issued by Nubia Project - August 2013
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Nubia news in brief
Nubian Delegation Visits Nubian Expatriates in Saudi Arabia

The Nubian Community in Saudi Arabia Welcomed the Delegation of the Higher Authority for Development of Nubia and Dams Resistancespacer (1K)(HADNDR). The Nubian delegation is headed by Mr. Ezzeldin Idris, Chairman of the HADNDR and Engineer Abdelaziz Mohamed Ali. The HADNDR is the largest Nubian body resisting damming of Nubia. It needs the support of the international community and the media to expose the dangers of dams to Nubia's archaeological sites.

Military Court sentences a Nubian Captain to 5 years imprisonment

A military court in Khartoum sentenced Captain (Police) Abu Zeid Abdalla Salih for 5 years imprisonment.  Captain Salih was accused of divulging security secrets and and misleading rumors against police officials in Darfur after he submitted a complaint against the police officials  accusing them of corruption and providing weapons secretly to some tribes against other tribes in Darfur and fueling conflicts and civil wars. Captain Salih, a Nubian from Kerma, in Northern State is known for his honesty, credibility and carriage is facing threats of elimination if he leaks the information. We call upon human rights organizations to intervene and secure his safety and demand a free trial and his release.

Sudan drowns in rains and floods
Heavy rains in different states of Sudan caused a catastrophic damages and loss in lives. Thousands of people in the capital of Sudan and many cities lost their homes and live in the open areas. There are acute shortage of tents, covers, shelters, medication and food and there are fears of outbreak of diseases like Malaria, gastroenteritis, deiherria and typhoid in the capital which lacks proper sanitary and drainage system.

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Women in Leadership Conference in Nairobi
The conference will convene from 18-19 September, 2013.. more details in the link:
Letter from the editor
spacer (1K)It is elating to know that "Nubia Bulletin" has started gaining grounds and getting more readers from America, Europe and Africa, though it is still in its embryonic stage. We are struggling with our meager resources in getting useful information to the readers in English. On the other hand the Arabic readers also are asking for an Arabic version for our simple bulletin because Nubian issues are not covered by Arabic media.

You may not know that Nubians are not allowed to work in government departments unless they succeed in Arabic language in their high school and university educations. It is ironic also that foreigners visiting Nubia in Sudan and Egypt have to learn some Arabic and not Nubian language to know about Nubia!

We regret to the Nubians that the main purpose of this bulletin is to educate and spread the word among the English speakers who are interested in Nubian issues and if we have more resources we would be devoting more energy for teaching Nubian language to the foreigners so that they can get the right information from the Nubians rather than getting them from the Arab media which is the main threat to the survival of the Nubian language and other African language
Damming Nubia, is it feasible?
The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam vs. Nubian Dams

The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has brought to the surface some new issues that might affect the economic feasibility and validity of the dams of Kajbar, Dal and El-sheraik dams which are threatening Nubia by inundating its archaeological treasures. Hydrologists and dam experts should assess the validity of dams in Nubia by conducting scientific studies and show the cons and pros of these dams in view of the new developments.

Egypt is still skeptic from the possible negative outcomes of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam while some of the Sudanese experts and officials welcomed the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam for generating hydroelectricity. The above report which is published by the Global Water Forum of the UNESCO gives some background information about the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and its implications.

The Global Water Forum, a UNESCO body can conduct a through study on the impact of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the downstream flows and the projected dams of Nubia. The bigest international campaign to salvage Nubian antiquities before building the Egyptian High Dam was led by UNESCO in the sixties of the last century and the Nubians wonder why UNESCO is silent now while the remaining Nubian land is threatened by several dams??

Sudan which is witnessing now catastrophic floods and rains may benefit more from the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in controlling the river floods and getting cheaper electricity from Ethiopia rather than generating more expensive hydroelectricity from Nubian dams which will lose more water by evaporation and underground seepage, let alone the irreversible damage to the archaeological sites and the negative environmental and ecological side effects.
Nubian Proverb resembles Egypt with Dom tree
The Dom tree grows very tall with few branches and shrubs. It doesn't make shade under it but throws its shadow far from its trunk and nobody enjoys its shade in the desert hot weather. This proverb connotes to selfishness and greediness of a person who is mean to his relatives or neighbors but generous to strangers and foreigners. Nubians of Sudan usually resemble Egypt the great neighbor of Sudan with Dom tree because Egypt was and still mean to the Nubians who sacrificed their land to Egypt's High Dam for the well being of Egyptian people and when Egypt generated more than its needs from electricity, it exported the surplus to Jordan and Israel and left the Nubians in the darkness for over four decades!! or as the Nubian businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Mo Ibrahim said once that the Nubian can not sleep while his neighbor is hungry! All historians, archaeologists and foreigners who visited Nubia recognized the generosity and truthfulness of the Nubians and that their society is crime-free and considered by the international organizations and media as one of the safest societies in the world! Don't they deserve another international campaign to salvage their antiquities?

The 13th International Conference for Nubian Studies - University of Neuchâtel, Monday 1st to Saturday 6th of September 2014

The 13th International Conference on Nubian Studies in Switzerland
Nubia Project encourages Nubian academicians and activists to participate strongly in the upcoming conference and raise the urgent issues facing Nubia such as the dangers of dams on the Nubian archaeological treasures which will be lost forever if the dams of Kajbar, Dal and El-Sheraik are built. It is important that all activists work from now to make a big row to alert the international community to the magnitude of the danger of losing this international heritage and encourage them to salvage the Nubian antiquities as time is running short.
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"Nafeer" campaign to rescue and help rain and flood victims in Sudan

Sudanese volunteers formed an organization called "Nafeer", Arabic word for Volunteerism and organizing committees all over the world to call for and collect donations to the rain and floods affected people in different parts of Sudan.

Most of the donated materials are looted by governmental organizations, therefore its advisable that all donations go through non-governmental organizations not affiliated to the ruling NCP.


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