SAUDI ARABIA TO FINANCE DAMMING NUBIA
Sudan and Saudi Arabia signed last November an agreement to finance three dams in Nubia (Dal, Kajbar and Elshiraik) by US$1.6 billion dollars. Nubian activists in US and Europe have started organizing protests in front of Saudi Arabian embassies and delivered written letters to H. H. King Salman of Saudi Arabia asking him to stop financing the dams, which will destroy Nubia. The protests will continue.
On the other hand, the Sudanese Minister of Finance submitted the Saudi Sudanese Agreement to finance the dams in Nubia to the unicameral Islamist parliament to approve the agreement prior to building dams.
Nubians inside Sudan and abroad are organizing protest campaigns and agitations against building dams in Dal, Kajbar and Elsheraik, which will submerge the Nubian lands and destroy one of the richest archaeological sites of the world.
Nubian organizations and activists have expressed their opposition to the proposed dams since mid-nineties and their peaceful demonstrations were crushed by the security forces who killed four young Nubians on June 16, 2007 and the killers went with impunity ever since.
Now the Saudis and wealthy Arabs are buying the Nubian lands confiscated by the Presidential Decree (206) issued in in 2004.
This is an urgent appeal to save Nubia from annihilation. Destroying the Nubian land with its enormous natural resources and archaeological sites is a heinous crime against humanity and international heritage. Nubian artifacts and antiquities are under continuous plundering and looting by smugglers.
Nubians are overwhelmingly opposing dams and the Islamist government of Elbashir is adamantly insisting to build dams and destroy Nubia with the help of Saudi Arabia and the wealthy Arabs supported by Communist China while the free world is giving a blind eye to this blatant crime and ongoing destruction of Nubia. The fanatic Islamists and radical Arab nationalists are encroaching into Africa with the help of countries like China, Turkey and the wealthy petrodollar Arabian countries.
We hope that this cry for help and whistle blowing will not be the last cry for help to rush to rescue Nubia. The Western democracies are asked to intervene and stop this nightmare before it spills over from Sudan, the incubator of Al-Qaida founder Osama bin Ladin and most of the jihadist movements who got indoctrinated in Sudan like the International Muslim Brotherhood Organization, Boko Haram, El-Shabab of Somalia, Eritrean Jihad Movement, Hamas, Hizbullah of Lebanon and the Islamic State (ISIL).
APPEAL TO UNESCO AND ISNS:
Nubia Project appeals to the members of the International Society for Nubian Studies (ISNS) to take the initiative and approach the UNESCO to alert the international community to launch a second international campaign to rescue Nubian archaeological sites and stop damming Nubia.
Nubia Project also calls upon all members of ISNS to contribute to the petitions to save Nubian archaeological sites and antiquities by issuing video and written statements and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the needed statements is to mobilize the international community and organizations and to exert the utmost pressures on Sudan government and Saudi Arabian Kingdom to stop building dams in Nubia, which will result in an irreparable damage to an invaluable and important international heritage that belongs to all humanity.
Such a collective move will encourage friendly governments and international organizations such as UNESCO to rush for help as they did during the first and largest international campaign to salvage Nubian monuments in mid-sixties of last century.
UNESCO can help by making and international appeal in the name of humanity and respect of UN charter protecting the rights indigenous people and their heritage and call upon Sudan and Saudi Arabian governments to halt these destructive projects till all Nubian archaeological sites are saved and restored. An international monitoring body and a fact finding mission is highly needed to avert any deterioration in the region and possible bloodshed as all Nubians are opposed to these dams and the Sudan government has used force in 2007 killing 4 young Nubians and injuring 19 others who were peacefully protesting against building a dam in Kajbar.
Nubia Project avails itself of this opportunity, to bring to the kind attention of His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and the distinguished members of the UN Security Council, to take their responsibility and protect the indigenous people of Nubia from any act of force from the government of Sudan. Nubians are unanimously opposed to damming their ancestral lands. They need an international protection from the use of aggressive force by the Sudan security forces to crush any peaceful demonstrations against building dams as they did in June 13, 2007. Nubians hope that their concerns and worries be considered as serious by the international community and conveyed forcefully to the governments of Sudan and Saudi Arabia as an international concern.
Nubians Protest Against Dams
Hundreds of Nubians in Abri Municipality, north of Sudan organized during the first week of this month a large protest gathering against damming Nubia and denouncing the Saudi Arabia financing the dams in Kajbar, Dal and Elshiraik. The protesters raised slogans saying: Damn Damming Nubia. The security forces arrested several Nubians and blocked roads for many protesters from joining the gathering. A similar protest was organized few days later in Masha Kaila near Kajbar. In London, UK and Washington, DC US Nubians and their friends organized demonstrations in front of Saudi Arabian embassies and more protests are to take place in front of Saudi Arabian embassies in Europe and Australia.
NUBIAN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (NAFS)
A Proposal from Nubia Project to establish a Nubian American Friendship Society
American academicians and educational institutes have played a noticeable and a great role in preserving Nubian antiquities long before launching the largest international campaign to salvage Nubian antiquities in mid-sixties of the last century by UNESCO. American museums and universities host sizable collections of Nubian artifacts. These treasures are in good hands and safe from being smuggled, looted or vandalized by fanatic Islamists who are hostile to antiquities but the hosting museums to Nubia artifacts have a moral obligation to help Nubians, train academicians, curators and librarians by adopting “baby” museum projects in Nubia to encourage tourism and make Nubia attractive to the international tourism.
Nubia Project has proposed building a theater named “Taharqa Theater for Performing Arts near the Defufa of Kerma, the oldest known urban settlement in history. Unfortunately, our appeal didn’t find any positive response especially from the academicians who are familiar to Nubian history and organizations such as UNESCO. We hope that our appeal echoes in the right place. What makes us repeat and insist to call upon the international community, is that the Nubian worries have become true. Dangers facing Nubia are now eminent following the startling agreement signed between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sudan in November 2015 to extend $1.6 billion to finance three dams in Dal, Kajbar and Elsheraik in the Nubian land and the unanimous approval by the Islamist dominated parliament of Sudan in January 2016. It became imperative to take an urgent action launch a second international campaign to salvage Nubian monuments. These dams will submerge completely the Nubian lands; destroy its existing monuments and unexcavated sites, described once as the largest archaeological sites in the world by the British historian Basil Davidson.Nubia needs your urgent support to alert your government, representatives, colleagues, academic institutions and international organizations such as UNESCO, UNEP, UNWTO, UN Forum For Indegenous Peoples and organizations taking care of indigenous peoples and cultural survival.
1. Build an international body to take care of rescuing Nubians, their language, heritage and culture.
Protest Against Dams in Nubia in front of the White House on February 23, Saudi Embassy and Sudan Embassy on March 10
Nubian organizations, activists and members of sister organizations are organizing demonstrations against damming Nubia in front of the White House on February 23, 2016 and in front of Saudi Arabia embassy on March 3, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm and in front of Sudan embassy on the same day from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Please join with friends and family members.