Nubia Bulletin
September 2013 issued by Nubia Project
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Dr. Ahmed Eltigani Sidahmed, a renouned Nubian working with international organizations, spared sometime to narrate his memoirs in a panoramic way remembering those beautiful days he had in "Abka" at the second cataract before the inundation of Wadi Halfa, the major Nubian city by the waters of the High Dam in early sixties of last century. The story of all Nubians who lost their ancestral land, driven by nostalgia and fears from more dams underway, threatening to wipe out the remaining land of Kush. Join "Waiting for Kush" Group.
Nubian (Nobiin) Language Classes to start soon in Washington, DC
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Nobiin language classes will start soon in Washington, DC area. Interested individuals and organizations are kindly requested to contact Nubia Project Organization at:
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More details will follow in a separate suplement.
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 Ibrahim Index for Good Governance in Africa.. No winner for this year!
 
African leaders failed in meeting Ibrahim Index for good governace in Africa for year 2013. Africa made some progress in democratic reforms and human rights arena but no leader met the required standards of Moibrahim Foundation's inndex. Mauritius came on top, Somalia at the bottom while the two Sudans were not included in the index list!
Message to Moibrahim Foundation: 

A Nubian proverb says: "Marti Jokkin Fa-l- aman jumun" Transliteration: "if the channel is thirsty, the basin can not quench". Nubia, the  homeland of the great Nubian philanthropist, Mo Ibrahimis is in need of his help. Nubians expect him to take the ubian case to the world before it is gone. Dr. Mo Ibrahim has the leverage to rally the support of African leaders to protect Nubia, the jewel of African history and identity from damming and cultural cleansing. He can lead an international campaign similar to that launched in mid sixties of last century by UNESCO to salvage Nubian monuments from the High Dam waters.
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Nubia Bulletin - October 2012 
Read about the latest development in Nubia. They my be good or bad news. Good news are rare in Nubia but bad and sad news are common. Read about mysterious arson in Nubia, smuggling Nubian artifacts, Arabization and cultural cleansing in Nubia, Dams and destriction of Nubia and revitalizing Nubian language in our monthly Nubian bulletins and write to: info@nubiaproject.org about your views.
   
Sudan dispatchs delegations to UN, World Bank and Europe

During September 2013 Sudan sent high level delegations headed by its Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Finance to UN, World Bank and Italy to negtiate its foreign debts among other issues. It is important for us, the Nubians in US and in Europe as citizens and as tax payers in these countries to ask our representatives not to relieve Sudan's debts without having forcing Sudan's government to stop daming and destroying Nubia among other important issues including stoppage of the ongoing war in Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile and restoration of democracy in Sudan.

Sudan's government should not be rewarded for its crimes but should be punished and its President Elbashir should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is the only way to safeguard the integrity and credibility of the international law. Failure of the international community in protecting law and order in the world will encourage more ruthless leaders and paraiah regimes to commit more crimes and threaten peace and security of the world.

Ali Karti, the Foreign Minister of Sudan who was once leading the Popular Defence Forces (PDF), the notorious militia of the National Islamic Front (NIF) which committed vast human rights attrocities in south Sudan and Darfur is moving freely arround the world. He should be held accountable for his crimes against humanity along with President Elbashir and his Defense Minister, Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussain.
Adios Nubia.. the land of gold 

Nuraddin Mannan

Maryland April 2012

Nubia, the cradle of the oldest civilization in Africa is facing destruction by dams and Arabization while the world is giving a blind eye! Adios Nubia!!!!

*Maskagna? Amani Shekhito, Queen of Nubia

The glorious kingdom, you left behind, mighty and sacred

Unfortunately devoured by the zealots of Arabia

 In shambles, crumbling in the name of faith and hatred

Alexander, the great, feared Queen Shakhito, the great Candace

Cambyses of Persia, vanished in the desert and lost the race

Apedemak, the lion God roared in the valley, at sunrise

And the archers of Nubia blew the enemies eyes.


*“Ai oddose” .. Adios Nubia

The land of Tanehsu, Kush and Ethiopia

The land of golden beauty embracing the Nile

Hugging the mighty kingdom that became fragile

Taharqa’s chariots galloping towards Jerusalem

With golden cobra glittering on the crown emblem

Saluting Kandaka on her elephant’s mounted throne

Guarded by sniper archers, the killers of monotonous drone

 

Adios to Nubian legacy and the fading utopia

The glamour of Napata and queens of the Nile

The first queens who ruled in ancient Nubia

Never heard about females beaten for a while,

 Humiliated and left in agony and distress

For wearing trousers and jeans as dress

 

Adios Nubia and damn to those dams,

Creeping on the sanctity of sands and sacred rams

Cry and moan, the beloved land of glittering gold

For who will narrate the story untold

As the world is looking dumb and cold

While the land of gold is raped and sold.
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* Maskagna: Nobiin word for "How are you?"
* I oddose: Nobiin word for " I'm sick"
 From the Editor
 
Sudanese revolt against fuel subsidy cuts.. and then!!

On September 23, 2013 thousands of Sudanese people, mainly young, went to streets in many cities of Sudan protesting against the government's decision to cut fuel subsidy which caused a sharp hike in basic commodities prices.

Over 200 peaceful protesters were shot and killed and thousands were arrested during these agitations. The opposition parties and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) fighting the government in Darfur, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile expressed their support to these demonstrations against the Islamist regime of General Omer Elbashir. The opposition groups accused the security forces for using excessive force and life ammunition against protesters killing and fatally enjuring many and announced forming a coordination body to continue peaceful demonstrations to change the regime.

Sudanese in diaspora organized many rallies in front of Sudanese embassies and in front of several international organizations to condemn random killings in Sudan and demanded change of the Sudanese regime.

Situation is still unstable in different parts of Sudan. The Sudanese president Omer Elbashir is still on the run, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur, along with his Defence Minister, General Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussain. The latter is the highst Nubian official in Elbashir regime, a fanatic Islamist and proponent of destroying Nubia by dams and a culprit in the killings of the peaceful Nubia.
Our condolences go to the bereaved families of the martyrs and to the Sudanese people who are struggling for an honorable life in a democratic state that respects human rights. and then what follows???
Smuggling Nubian Artifacts Continues in Sudan

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Eng. Mohamed Abdelkarim
Several Nubian activists reported in their Face Book pages that the gold seekers, individuals and companies working in Nubia, Northern State of Sudan are working in the historical areas excavating for gold and archaeological artifacts and smuggling them through Egypt with the help of some Sudanese officials and antiquity smugglers. The Sudan's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Eng. Mohamed Abdulkarim, a Salafi Islamist and the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) authorities keep silent about the smuggling of Nubian artifacts outside Sudan casting doubts over their credibility and accountability by allowing Qatar, with its poor expeience, to excavate for Nubian artifacts and smuggle them outside Sudan. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities must diclose details pertaining to the activities of artifacts smugglers and the damage caused by gold excavengers in the Nubian land.
Message to UNESCO Executive Director?
Where do you stand from the ongoing destruction of Nubian archaeological treasures by dams????  Nubian organizations have approached Ambassador Irina Bokova, Executive Director of UNESCO and relevant organizations to stop damming Nubia and destroying its artifacts and monuments with no avail. Now Nubian artifacts are subjected to systematic vandalization, looting and smuggling with the help from some Sudanese officials who are connected with the gold seekres who scrambling to the Nubia land.
   
Three pieces of Nubian artifacts reported recently by facebook activists as a part of many vandalized or stolen artifacts.
 
                      Vandalized! why?                                                            Who stole it? 
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Part of Kandaka Amani Shekhito's jewelaries looted by the Italian smuggler Ferlini
 Dams!! "No" in Burma..."Ok" in Nubia!!!
America's two yardsticks with dams

WikiLeaks cables: Americans funded groups that stalled Burma dam project

Newly leaked document reveals support for opponents of proposed Myitsone dam, widely seen as a Chinese project
Burma protest against Myitsone dam project
Burmese activists shout anti-China slogans during a protest against the Myitsone dam this month. Locals said the dam, planned for the Irrawaddy river, would destroy their way of life. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA
The US embassy in Rangoon funded some of the civil society groups in the Burmese region that forced the government to suspend a controversial Chinese dam on the Irrawaddy river, according to a US diplomatic cable.
The January 2010 cable on the $3.6bn (£2.3bn) Myitsone dam project noted that local groups had "voiced strong opposition to the project on economic, environmental and cultural grounds and have organised grassroots campaigns to rally others to their cause".
The cable, signed by then US charge d'affaires, Larry Dinger, went on to say: "An unusual aspect of this case is the role grassroots organisations have played in opposing the dam, which speaks to the growing strength of civil society groups in Kachin state, including recipients of embassy small grants."
Dinger said that although Burma had launched a number of hydropower projects to address its acute electricity shortages, the Myitsone dam was widely seen as a Chinese project, with China the principal beneficiary.
"Given past evidence from foreign investments in Burma's energy sector, it is very likely, as many locals believe, that both construction of the dam and the energy it produces will primarily benefit Chinese companies and consumers, rather than Burmese," he said.
Presciently, he added: "Dam-related social unrest is a possibility in light of the already-tense political situation in Kachin state and the dislocations the project is expected to cause."
Nubians Protest against dams in front of China embassy in Washington, DC:
           
 
Nubians call to China: stop destroying Nubia                             ´╗┐Joe Madison joins Nubians
Messages: to Obama adminstration, US Congress, the African Americans and the Congressional Black Caucus:

If you care about dams in Burma!! why don't you care about damming Nubia???? An international heritage is at stake..
President Obama, Nubia whom you relate to says:Shame on you if Nubia is washed by dams.
The Congressional Black Caucus members; if you fail to save Nubia from dams then you are betraying your own identity.
Nubians are angry from you and from all western democracies. They consider your silence as an approval for destruction of Nubia. 
Nubian Message to the Chinese people: 
Nubians respect the Chinese great history and culture and their contribution to the world's heritage, and likewise expect a reciprocal respect to the Nubian history, culture and heritage which parallel the Chinese culture and heritage. Communist China is destroying Nubia by building dams in Nubia. Nubians will never forget China's role in plundering Nubia and Africa. Destroying Nubia is destroying African history and identity.

Nubian Message to UNESCO:
Nubian organizations sent many messages to Ambassador Irina Bekova, UNESCO Executive Director to help rescue Nubia from damming and she did not respond to their appeals!! Nubians want UNESCO to take care of this issue and launch a second international campaign to save Nubia from damming. African States have an obligation to sponsor this issue to preserve their history and identity. The African missions in the UN should take care of this matter before Nubia is inundated.
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