If you found the post below on Gurna interesting, there are some notable new articles about the situation. â€˜Egypt Todayâ€™ notes the benefits and problems of the relocation scheme, with the prospect of the re-discovery of ancient tombs, but also the inadequate housing situation for former residents, some of whom are temporarily homeless.
Also from ‘Egypt Today’, a beautifully poignant article about the culture and history that will be lost in Gurna and a rather more triumphant report by the Egyptian government about President Mubarak inaugurating the new town, supposedly being greeted by ‘by cheering crowds grateful for being offered the chance to lead a new life at a new place that addresses all their needs.’….
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Tourism Minister has stated that touts are a bigger threat than bombs to Egyptian tourism.
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I have spent several vacations at the Marsam and have come to be very good friends with the Abd al Rasoul family whose hospitality I enjoyed at their home in the village. I spoke to them last week as they were disbanding their household with utmost sadness. This is so tragic-and really unnnecessary.
I hear the gov’t also has “plans” to decimate the agricultural area surrounding the Marsam which will absolutely destroy in livelihoods of these people.