What more could there be? Well, King Menes unified Egypt around 3100BC. And though it meant the dawn of a new Egyptian civilization, it also meant the end of the old way of life. The question is "What civilizations and what people did he unify to create a unified Egypt?" That's a question many wonder, but few have been able to answer completely.
Kavitha and I arrived in Aswan after a ten-hour, overnight train ride from Cairo. And from the moment we arrived we noticed something very different here: people looked more like me than the people in Cairo. The people had hair like mine, kinked and coarse and dark skin like mine.
The land of Nubia is a desert divided by the River Nile. For want of water and rich soil, most of Nubia has never been able to support a large population for long periods. However, some of Africa's greatest civilizations came from here.
Because the people of this time did not write their own languages until very late in ancient times, we know them only through the investigations of archaeologists and what the Egyptians and Greeks wrote about them.
Despite all that's taken place in history and today, the Nubian people remain strong and proud. They welcome all with open arms, and they taught us so much in the short time we spent with them. Above all, they answered my questions, and I hope they opened your mind to another part of Egyptian history as well!
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