Dashing Nubians’ Hopes of Returning Home

Source: Carnegie Endowment

Author(s): Khaled Mahmoud

Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/77026

On June 5, the Egyptian parliament approved the Upper Egypt Development Agency bill, dealing a crushing blow to the hopes of the Nubian minority. The community, which represents around 3 percent of the population, has been struggling for decades to return to their home villages from which they were displaced en masse in 1964 to enable the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Government promises to ensure Nubians’ right to return have remained unfulfilled, and the latest bill has confirmed fears it never will.

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