As an African American, visiting the Nubian people in Southern Egypt was a profound and meaningful experience. The Nubians have a rich and storied history, and their culture is deeply connected to the land and the Nile River.
One of the things that struck me most about the Nubians was their sense of community and connectedness. Everywhere I went, people greeted me warmly and were eager to share their stories and their way of life. I felt a sense of belonging and acceptance that I had never experienced before.
Being in the presence of the Nubian people also brought up feelings of pride and connection to my own African heritage. The Nubians have been able to preserve many aspects of their culture and traditions despite facing displacement and suppression. Seeing their resilience and determination to keep their culture alive was both inspiring and empowering.
At the same time, I also couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness and frustration at the injustices that the Nubian people have faced and continue to face. The forced displacement and flooding of Nubian lands by the building of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s is a tragic and ongoing injustice. Being able to witness this firsthand only reinforced my commitment to advocating for social and environmental justice.
Overall, visiting the Nubian people was a life-changing experience. I came away with a deep appreciation and respect for their culture and their history, as well as a renewed sense of pride in my own African heritage. It also strengthened my resolve to work towards justice and equality for marginalized communities everywhere.
During our trips to Egypt we always visit and break bread with these amazing Black natives of Egypt and Sudan.