Some walk with their pain
like an open wound for all to see.
The others crush it into themselves
and do not let it turn into tears and words.
Neko sa svojim bolom ide
k'o s otkritom ranom: svi neka vide.
Drugi ga cvrsto u sebi zgnjeci
i ne da mu prijeci u suze i rijeci.
Radje ga skriva i tvrdo ga zgusne
u jednu crtu na kraju usne.
Zadrsce, zadrsce u njoj kadikad,
ali u rijeci se ne javi nikad.
Dusa ga u se povuce i smjesti
na svoje dno: k'o more kamen
u njega bacen. More ga prima
dnom, da ga nikad ne izbaci plima.
© 2005 photo by Carmen Ezgeta : Obojeni Kanjon - Colored Canyon; Egipat - Egypt 2005.
Beduini ( Obojeni kanjon i pustinja Sinai, Egipat ) - Bedouins ( Colored Canyon & Sinai Desert, Egypt ) 2005
Nomadic Arabs, recognized by their nomadic lifestyles, specific dialects, social structures and culture.
Their numbers are decreasing, as more and more are changing from nomadic lifestyles to sedentary.
Estimates say nomadic Bedouins constitute about 10% of the population of the central Middle East.
Their life forms are pastoral: they herd camels, but often also sheep, goats and cattle. Handicrafts form another important source of income.
Bedouins are normally migrating only in parts of the year, depending on grazing conditions. In winter, when there is some precipitation,
they migrate deeper into the desert, while they seek refuge around secure water sources in the hot and dry summer time.
Bedouins have traditionally occupied the Sinai Peninsula.
Within the limits of declared Protected Areas they retain their traditional rights and continue to occupy their settlements,
women graze their sheep and goat herds and men fish.
Activities that are likely to damage habitats or reduce their biodiversity are now regulated by EEAA staff in cooperation with concerned Bedouin.
Bedouin staff have been contracted by the EEAA as Park Rangers or to provide services to the Protectorates.
Bedouin culture has been founded on strict tribal laws and traditions. Nature is respected, water is consumed sparingly,
small water reservoirs are constructed on hillsides to assist wildlife, the relationship between coral reefs and fisheries is clearly understood and damage
to reef areas is limited. Tribal law prohibits the cutting of "green trees", the penalty could be up to three 2 year old camels or their equivalent value.
Bedouins have said that "killing a tree is like killing a soul". Much can be learned from that statement.
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