Egypt. An ancient high culture. A stronghold for tourism. An embodiment of the 2011 Arab Revolution. But there is another Egypt. The Sinai. A vast desert peninsula.An area beyond the writ of Cairo. A region full of chronic under-investment in education, health and transport.The territory of the Bedouin.
Descendants from the Arabian peninsula. Today’s number in Sinai.
80.000.They live within Egyptian borders. They carry Egyptian identification cards.They even serve in the Egyptian army. But the Bedouins remain the widely enigmatic “Others”. To the tourist. An Exotic creatures of the desert. To the Arab historian. A nostalgic figure. Noble and of pure Arabian stock. To the state. Villainous outlaws of the steppes. Kidnapping tourists, smuggling contrabands and befriending enemies across the border. The Bedouins.
Nomads no more. The Outlaw. The Israelite. The Muslim. The Villain. The Other. What do you think ? What do you know ? What do you believe?
I am of mixed origin.
Half German. Half Egyptian.
An anthropologist. An activist.
A person with a strong interest
Social. Political. Cultural.
Art as a tool.
To overcome barriers.
To create bridges. To raise awareness.
To stimulate discussions.
Between different people.
Of different age.
Different gender. Different
backgrounds. Different beliefs.
Art for Dialogue.
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