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The Ababda are nomads living in the Eastern Desert and Red Sea mountains in southeast Egypt. This group of nomads shows strong connections with the overarching Beja culture in Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. The local economy is largely based on herding camels, goats and sheep, although many nomads nowadays find employment in fishing, as truck drivers, or as cheap labor and, increasingly, in tourism. Recent developments have made the preservation of this rapidly disappearing local culture extremely urgent.

Portraits


Ababda woman at Wadi Deef


Ababda girl at Wadi Hodean


Ababda woman at Wadi Deefat


Ababda man at Wadi Hodean



Ababda girl at Wadi Deef



Ababda child at Wadi Deefat


Ababda child at Wadi Deef



Abbada man by Shiekh Malek



Ababda woman at Hamata Mountain

Habitation types


Transportable dwelling 'khiasha'



Ababda camp



Transportable dwelling 'khiasha'


Kid goats' tent


Tomb of a virtuous shiekh


Inside the tomb


Belongings of the deceased


A praying place "mesaleya" by a tomb


Possessions stored away from wildlife


Acacia wood traditional shade


Ababda settlement at Qulaan


Settlement shacks made from drift wood
Livelihoods-crafts- customs


Herding camel and sheep


Watering a camel at Bir Abu Safaa


Making charcoal


Trading in charcoal


At the water well


Picking medicinal plants


A few Ababda are fishermen


Fisherman at Qulaan mangrove bay


Traditional weaving


Rug with traditional pattern


Making traditional cofee'gabana"


New and old gabana case


Gaban case show intricate details


'Makhala’ is a mascara container


Guide points out the prehistoric rock art


Moving on with possessions on camel


Wedding at Wadi El Gemal


Wedding at Wadi El Gemal


Festival ’mouled’ at Sheikh Malek


Swings in mouled


Carousel in mouled
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