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Bedouins in Egypt retreat to more traditional way of life to face COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bedouin community in Egypt, mainly in southern Sinai, that heavily relied on tourism to make ends meet, is retreating deep into the mountains and the desert to live a more traditional life.
A Bedouin man runs with his camel as he prepares it to take part in a race in Egypt's South Sinai desert on September 12, 2020, after more than six month of hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. - Camel racing is a traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region, and in Egypt, bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept up the tradition. But race events have been suspended since March following the COVID-19 outbreak, and orders only came down at the beginning of the month that t

Salem Ramadan Musa, a 33-year-old Bedouin from the Jebeliya tribe, used to make a living for years working as a mountain guide for hikers who came to the town of Saint Catherine, in the southern Sinai Peninsula, an area renowned for its trekking routes.

Then, the coronavirus pandemic made a rather intrusive entrance into his world.

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