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Cabinet approves compensations for Nubians affected by High Dam

Compensation includes ownership of arable lands, housing unites  

Egyptian cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, has approved a decree of paying compensations for Nubians who did not receive compensations in the past and were affected by the Aswan reservoir and High Dam. 

The compensation includes lands, arable lands, housing units, and cash compensations to people affected by the Aswan High Dam or their heirs. 

The compensations will be offered to the residents who did not receive any in the past. 

Earlier on June 2019, Omar Marwan, minister of parliamentary affairs-turnedminister of justice, said that a committee was formed to count the affected people over the Aswan Dam. He added that the committee already counted a total of 11716 Nuba peoples.

The move came after President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi ordered problems of Nubian people solved. 

Thousands of Nubians were affected by the construction of the High Dam which began in 1960 and officially inaugurated in 1971, as well as the Aswan reservoir. 

About two-thirds of the Nubian Valley is now covered by Nasser Lake. The most famous of the monuments affected by the Aswan High Dam Project was the temple complex on the island of Philae. 

One of the most famous sites that were threatened was the Abu Simbel temples located in Nubia. It was dismantled, stone by stone, and transferred to another safe location in Aswan.

However, the dam served the irrigation needs of both Egypt and Sudan, controlled flooding, generated power, and helped improve navigation in the Nile.

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