KAFR EL-SHEIKH, Egypt March 1 (Reuters) – With the roads and brick housing blocks of Egypt’s densely populated Nile Delta in the distance, Elsayed Abuhamed and his loved ones have pitched their tents in a subject scattered with straw, tied up their livestock, and are cooking around an open fireplace.
They are portion of the El Dawaghra tribe, additional than 300 people of livestock herders who for generations have wandered the land as nomads, resisting the urge to settle like lots of other Bedouin tribes.
Though they have identification papers, they usually live outside the boundaries of Egypt’s broad bureaucracy, not sending their youngsters to community schools nor benefiting from the point out meals subsidy system.
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“I questioned my father why we stay this way, he instructed me that this is how our ancestors lived,” Abuhamed explained.
Abuhamed, 28, travels and life with his wife, youngsters, and extended loved ones. They can invest from a handful of days to months in a place, dependent on the climate, how a lot foods is out there for livestock, or short-term perform possibilities.
They cannot pay for regimen clinical care, relying only on general public hospitals if kids slide sick. Instruction would open the door to a lot more secure revenue, shelter, and high quality health care, he states, “but this daily life of ours isn’t going to allow for training”.
His brother’s wife, Thanaa, mentioned she utilized to dwell in a household with beds and a tv, in advance of she married into the nomadic way of existence.
“I arrived in this article to are living in the fields and it is a extremely hard way of living, a pretty tough one,” she stated.
“I am applied to it. I have youngsters and I’m thankful.”
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Reporting by Hadeer Mahmoud
Producing by Nafisa Eltahir, Editing by Alexandra Hudson
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