The Rescue Nubia & Kajabar Dam Resistance Committee (London-UK)
has pleasure in inviting you to a
Nubian Open Day
on Saturday 3 November 2007 – 12noon to 11.00pm
at the Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1
[nearest underground Holborn – Piccadilly & Central lines]
This Nubian Open Day is intended to celebrate the Nubian heritage and legacy and to highlight the imminent threat to its existence from the proposed Kajbar Dam Project.
Nubian Civilization and its Antiquities; Slide Show on Nubia; The Language, Arts and Architecture of Nubia; The Impact of Dams on Nubian Civilization; A Cultural Evening of Nubian Music and Poetry
The Kajbar Dam, named after the village where it is located, has met with unrelenting local opposition since it was first mooted more than 15 years ago. The affected villagers have succeeded in building a formidable case against the project supported by unambiguous expert opinion which confirms that the negative environmental, social and cultural impact of the project far outweighs the developmental benefits the 750-1000 MW of power the dam will generate. As a result, the project was called off twice, once in 1998 and again in May this year. But a few months ago the building activities resumed. And a peaceful demonstration against the building of the dam was brutally suppressed by the Sudanese authorities.
Of central concern to us internationally is the cultural impact of the proposed dam. Located, as it is, at the heart of the historic land of Nubia, about 40 km north of the ancient Nubian capital of Dongola, it will create a lake that will drown the largest area of undiscovered African heritage. The history of area goes back to 3000 BC or more. Cheikh Anta Diop described its city-states as the seedbed of African and human civilisation; and was one of most populated areas in human history at the time. All modern Africans, historians believe, descended from that early human pool.
Successive arabist/islamist regimes in both Egypt and Sudan have showed nothing but antipathy towards this important legacy, and continued to foster the usual myths bequeathed by the European colonialists about Africa's primitive past. All history taught in North African Arab states still promotes the outdated nostrum that Egypt's ancient history is unrelated to Nubia, or black Africa for that matter. The region's true history, for them, starts with the Arab/Islamic conquests of the 800-1000 AD. In Sudan the century-long cultural and political ascendancy of an arabist/islamist elite at the centre of power dominating the African populated hinterlands is legitimised by these myths. The school curricula from primary up to the secondary phase offer hardly a mention of those uplifting and awe-inspiring stories of the glorious ancient past we know about.
Both the local state authorities in the Khartoum government so far have ignored all petitions, representations and expert advice about the deleterious social effects of the project. It is also certain that they care even less about the intellectual capital locked in the desert sands of ancient Nubia.
The international community needs to act now.
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