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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Nubians’ right of return abandoned by Upper Egypt Development Act

The Upper Egypt Development Act throws cold water on Nubians’ hopes of returning to their ancestral homeland, Khaled Mahmoud writes for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The bill and a few presidential decrees preceding it have delineated several areas formerly inhabited by Nubians for investment and development or as military zones. “Although these development projects would benefit all residents of these regions, most notably by creating employment [options] in agriculture and construction, many displaced Nubians no longer reside in these areas.”

Other headlines worth a look this morning:

  • The murder of Bishop Epiphanius “exposed a side of the [Coptic] church that few in Egypt knew existed,” the AP says.
  • 114 trucks of Egyptian aid entered Gaza yesterday through the Rafah border crossing, Ma’an News reports.
  • Mo Salah could face legal issues after Liverpool referred footage to the police showing the footballer texting while driving, Reuters reports.

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