The Right to Be Nuba
The Story of a Sudanese People’s Struggle for Survival
International Nuba Co-ordination Centre
This book shows the predicament of the Nuba people and their struggle in the face of genocidal human rights abuses and blockade by the Sudan Government. It contains contributions by prominent Nuba
scholars, activists and leaders, and articles and photographs by some of the outsiders who have worked with the Nuba people, beginning with the famous British photographer, George Rodger, in the 1940s, and including some of those who have supported the Nuba struggle for survival in the present day.
The Nuba people of central Sudan are struggling to survive in the face of intense military, political and cultural policies of the Sudan Government, which is attempting to wipe out the Nuba’s cultural identity. The Nuba's traditional way of life is under fierce attack. Hundreds of thousands of Nuba villagers have been forced out of their ancestral lands and left destitute. Thousands have been killed, raped or tortured. Today the Nuba live on the margins of Sudanese society.
But, in the hills beyond the reach of government troops, the Nuba still resist, and still celebrate
their cultures. Traditional music, dancing, wrestling, body-decoration and architecture still exist,
and are even undergoing a revival. At the same time, Nuba relief agencies and a Nuba parliament
are re-invigorating the democratic traditions of these proud people. The government's onslaught on
their culture and identity has only increase their determination. The Nuba are simply demanding
their basic right: the right to be Nuba.
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