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December 11, 1999 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Jasmine - Dam, You Sunk My Homeland
Kid's version available

From the point of view of a native Nubian, Jasmine tells the story of that Egyptian land and its people, before the construction of the High Dam at Aswan flooded Nubia forever and made Lake Nasser a tourist attraction.

The devastating affect of a dam on its surrounding environment is a common occurrence around the world. Ask your students to pick another dam in the world and research it's affect on the surrounding environment and culture.

Monica - No one in Manshiet Nasser is saying adieu to ADEW

Monica travels to Manshiet Nasser to visit The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW) and learn about their programs that help Egyptian women raise money in their otherwise impoverished neighborhood. Includes the tragic and hopeful stories of the women who run the office and those who use its assistance.

Keeping in mind what you've learned about the disadvantaged position of women in Egypt from this dispatch and previous dispatches from Monica, discuss the equality or inequality of the sexes in your own country.

Going once… Going twice… Sold! (For absolutely nothing)

Learn about the British Occupation of Egypt. Find out why the British took over Egypt and how the Egyptians finally gained their independence.

This dispatch tells the story of just one country which began as a European colony and had to fight for its independence. In fact, a large number of the countries in the world today were oppressed and exploited European colonies before they gained their independence (all of Latin America, most of Africa, and many parts of Asia to name some examples). Can you name some of these countries and tell something about their history?

Team - Jihad: Defense of the Heart, Tongue, Hand and Sword

Defines the meaning and religious ideology of the Jihad. Includes quotes from the Koran and Allah as the Creator of the Universe.

In this dispatch we learn about some of the basic, fundamental guiding principle of the Islamic faith. In reality, these principles are not so different from the basic principles of other religions beliefs such as Christianity, Judaism and others. Discuss the underlying principles of the religious beliefs of your students. How are they similar and how are they different from the ideology associated with jihad.

Jasmine - A Sacred Journey

The trekkers visit Mt. Sinai and explain the historical and religious significance of Mt. Sinai and the Sinai peninsula. Also includes information on sacred pilgrimages such as the Islamic Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Jasmine relates how the Sinai peninsula and Mt. Sinai are important to Christians, Muslims and Jews because it was here that Moses received the ten commandments from God. Discuss how these three important world religions are based on the same stories found in the Old Testament.

 
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