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The statue of Ramesses the Great at the Temple of Abu Simbel in the process of being reassembled after needing to be relocated in 1976 to save it from the rising waters of the Nile. This structure was originally built under Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BCE.

Here’s a quick video made by UNESCO which gives some further information about the site.

Image via Wiki Commons.

For those with little knowledge of the historical context behind the above image, this story will no doubt sound fascinating. However, what you may not be aware of is the horrendous events that accompanied the relocation of the statue of Ramesses the Great and the temples surrounding it. More than 60 years ago, a military coup brought Gamal Abdel Nasser into power. Shortly after, the Colonel ordered the construction of a High Dam at Aswan to generate power, and regulate the seasonal flooding of the Nile. It was to be his signature national project.

The Aswan dam is remembered by most Egyptians as one of the former leader’s greatest accomplishments, a towering monument to the modernizing aspirations of an independent nation. But, for many Nubians living in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan, the dam destroyed a way of life.

Compulsory immigration of Nubians started in 1902 when construction of the Aswan reservoir flooded more than 44 villages that were home to Egypt’s Nubians living in the area now known as old Nubia. When construction of the Aswan High Dam started in 1963, more than 60,000 Nubians were forced out of their homes to live in arid, desert lands north of Aswan away from the only life they knew. There was a much greater uproar over the Abu Simbel temples and other monuments of Pharaonic Egypt endangered by the dam’s encroaching reservoir than over the 600 or so Nubian villages being obliterated. Whilst the temples and the Ramesses statue were moved piece by piece to higher ground, the world paid no notice to the displacement of the Nubians and their plight. Till this day, they have received no compensation.

Partly submerged palms above Nile dam

Nubians have lived in Egypt for thousands of years and they have played a huge part in shaping its history and culture. Nubian Egypt, which stretches about 200 miles from the Sudanese border north to the city of Aswan, still carries with it distinct customs and a language that is close to becoming extinct. Most Nubians say that political leaders have failed them, never properly offering compensation for their lost land, let alone recognition of their existence in Egypt. Many complain of systemic discrimination at the hands of Arabs who’ve denied them jobs and government posts in the region, relegating them to a mere servant class. They’ve been continuously ignored, discriminated against and neglected. When will we stop overlooking the great contributions that Nubians have made and still make in Egypt? When will we begin to recognise and indeed, accept them as an integral and valuable part of Egyptian society? When will they be compensated?

Photo: Partly submerged palms above Nile dam. The first Aswan dam completed in 1902 submerged parts of Egyptian Nubia. The Aswan High Dam, completed in 1971, flooded Nubian land along 500 kilometres of the Nile. Groves of date palms and 45 Nubian villages disappeared underwater. (Stereo-Travel Co., date 1908/Brooklyn Museum Archives.)

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The Nubian Dance, 1886.


Ludwig Deutsch.

Paintings of palace guards in Cairo, Egypt, by Austrian painter Ludwig Deutsch.



A Nubian queen or princess from Meroë. By contrast with Egyptian art, in which women are portrayed as stereotypically slender, Nubian royal women are given a bit of gravitas. :)

ملكة أو أميرة نوبية من مملكة مروا القديمة، بخلاف الفن المصري القديم الذي صور المرأة بشكل نمطي نحيل، الا ان هذه الاميرة مختلفة عن هذا النمط


Traditional Nubian House from inside.

بيت نوبي تقليدي من الداخل


Nubian window 

نافذة نوبية


Woman from Nubia, Egypt (x)


Woman from Nubia, Egypt (x)

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المتحف النوبى

The Nubian Museum

Located in Aswan, Egypt. See more African Museums.

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A camel resting in the shade, Gharb Sehel, #Aswan #Nubia

جمل يستريح في ظل شجرة، غرب سهيل  #أسوان #نوبة

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Two Nubian women in Kenya, circa 1930s


1920s Egypt Nubian Woman

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Nubian Family, 1940s

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Nubian houses in “Gharb Sehel” village, Aswan

بيوت نوبية بقرية “غرب سهيل”، أسوان



A Nubian village - colorful and curious. Millions of Nubians were moved from their homes when the New Aswan dam was built - and thousands of villages were buried under Lake Nasser.