Black Pharaoh

Portrait of an old Nubian villager whose shadow forms the shape of a pharaoh, holding a stick. His village at the 4th Nile cataract is going to be flooded by the newly constructed Merowe Dam project in 2007. The villagers are resettled in ready-built concrete settlements in the middle of desert. Northern Sudan is the homeland of one of the oldest cultures in Africa. The so-called “Black Pharaohs” from Nubia ruled over Ancient Egypt as the 25th Dynasty. The Nubian people, now mainly Muslims, still live in the region. The inhabitants of the villages along the shores of the Nile, with their characteristic, beautifully painted houses, keep the old traditions alive.

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