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The Mountain
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The Mountain People

The traditional way of life for the Jebeliya tribe is becoming extinct. They are nomadic Bedouins living and moving from place to place in the Sinai Desert. In recent years there has been a mass influx of tourists, and the attraction of profits in tourism has enveloped the area.

 

There has also been an increasing of government control and checkpoints making it harder to move. Almost all of the Jebeliya tribe has ceased their traditional nomadic existence, opting instead to move into housing and sell goods and services to tourists who pass through in droves.

 

 

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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A young Jebeliya child who’s family has chosen to stop being nomadic and make a living selling items of clothing and bags to tourists.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
Between 10am - 12pm St Katherine's Monastery in the Sinai desert is visited by almost 1000 tourists. Inside the Monastery walls there siting side by side is a mosque and church, emphasising again how both faiths
co-exists peacefully together.

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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
The Jebeliya elder’s wife. While the males work in various professions (mainly in forms of tournism) to earn money, the females traditionally tend to things more homely
including looking after the goats and camels.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A Jebeliya girl with her younger brother outside their families’ tent. The government has recently imitated funding for schools and education for Bedouin children.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
The view from a hill that overlooks the edge of a permanent Bedouin village. The small dirt road in the left hand corner snakes for almost 30km over rough 4x4 terrain till it reaches a flatter smoother dirt road.

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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
Two local Jebeliya children who live in the permanent Bedouin settlement. All families in the area either nomadic or not are well acquainted and visit each other often.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A Jebeliya Elder, and one of the last Bedouins to live nomadically. He lives with his immediate family in two large tents with a makeshift fence that holds approximately
20 goats.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
The old ruins of a previous Jebeliya camp. The building themselves dates back to over 200 years ago.

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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A baby Jebeliya child sleeps inside one of the two tents the family own. The chances that these children will grow up continuing a nomadic existence are very slim.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A Jebeliya Elder. He is on his way to St Katherine’s to visit his son who works there.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
The movable home for one of the last nomadic Jebeliya families. The nearest housing where other Jebeliya live is permanent and about 15km away, over rough terrain.

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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
Father Justin is originally from the US and has lived at St Catherine’s monastery for 14 years ‘everyone is here because they have a love monastery and the amazing
spiritual heritage’
Contact 9 – 10
Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A young Jebeliya man who’s family has chosen to stop being nomadic and make a living selling items of clothing and bags to tourists.
Contact 12 – 5
Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A Jebeliya Elder, and one of the last Bedouins to live nomadically. He lives with his immediate family in two large tents with a makeshift fence that holds approximately
20 goats.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A landscape on top of a mountain near the 200 year old ruins of a temporary Bedouin village (bottom left corner). Houses were sometimes built out of slotted rocks and held together with clay during the harsh and
cold winter months.

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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
Women create items such as belts and bags made out various colluder fabrics to sell to tourists.
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
One of last Jebeliya children living in their traditional nomadic way. Only time will tell whether he will continue this way, or be tempted to settle and make money off
the tourist industry
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
A Jebeliya child leans out of the window of one of the permanent houses. The houses themselves have three rooms made simply from cement brick walls with dirt floors
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Jabal Shaykh al Arab: Egypt: 2010
The smoother dirt road that leads to one of the Jebeliya encampments. All the roads that lead up to this point have been cemented in the last 10 years.