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Egypt’s Nubians demand rights on Aswan High Dam anniversary

As Egypt celebrated the 50th anniversary in May of the construction of the High Dam, which displaced thousands of indigenous Nubians, the affected have revived their calls for justice.
Nubian man prays on rocks below the Philae temple complex near the southern Egyptian city of Aswan November 7, 2009. The earliest remains of the temple date from the reign of Nectanebo I in the third century BC and are now one of Egypt's legendary tourist attractions. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic  (EGYPT SOCIETY) - RTXQGP4
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CAIRO — Fifty years after the course of the Nile River was diverted for the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the people of Nuba in southern Egypt are still demanding the right to return and resettle on the banks of Lake Nasser. They were displaced when the dam project flooded their lands and villages in 1964, a harsh blow to Nubian heritage and culture in Egypt.

Last month, the Egyptian government celebrated the 50th anniversary of the diversion of the Nile and the start of construction on the Aswan High Dam on May 14, 1964. However, the government did not address the Nubian issue or resettle the people of Nuba on the banks of Lake Nasser, following unfulfilled promises since the era of the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The first Nubian village to be relocated was Daboud in 1963. The displacement process ended in 1964 with the diversion of the course of the Nile.

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