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Destruction by Abdel Soudan

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The government destroys a city laying above ancient graves in Luxor Egypt.

“A 50-year-old battle to evict squatters from one of Egypt`s most renowned archaeological sites, the West Bank of Luxor, was finally settled when authorities began demolitions.
The fate of Qurna`s 10,000 residents was sealed when authorities gave the demolition order for the mud-brick houses erected over ancient Egyptian tombs on the Theban hills that had become a tourist attraction in their own right.”

The people of Qurna are not happy with the move since where they lived was a tourist attraction and that is how many families made their living… about 95% of the people i talked to were not happy with the move…

I’ll be posting more pictures of the inside of their old homes (the destruction of their houses started in 12-2006).


building, bulldozer, destruction, egypt, luxor, ruble


  • dreckenschill
    dreckenschillover 6 years ago

    Nice shot… Perfect timing!

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    I like the point of view and the drama captured in this image. Can you give more info as to the actions taken by the gov. and how many homes were effected by this. Thanks again for sharing this image with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • Yes Eyal, I’ll add to the description..
    thank you..

    – Abdel Soudan

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    Great photo…very dramatic and powerful. Why did the government knock down the old buildings?

  • Thanks Estelle. i added a somewhat specific description that you can read if you wish..
    Thank you very much..

    – Abdel Soudan

  • budrfli
    budrfliover 6 years ago

    sad, but beautiful artistic treatment to this harsh subject

  • i am glad you liked it budrfli.

    – Abdel Soudan

  • TaoLens
    TaoLensover 6 years ago

    excellent photo highlighting the arrogance of the human race. excellent.

  • Jacqueline Barreto
    Jacqueline Bar...about 6 years ago

    great shot. very disappointing about what they are doing, tho… :o(

  • Abdel Soudan
    Abdel Soudanabout 6 years ago

    Thanks Jacqueline, people that lived there didn’t like it very much, because that was their way of life, so yeah it was very disappointing!

  • almajhoola
    almajhoolaover 3 years ago

    very sad… may allah help them

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