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Sheikha Mozah, Angelina Jolie and the Battle of the Pyramids

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, who starred in a film about the history of Sudan, has been stirred up in Egypt. Muhannad Hashim, a journalist with the BBC’s African section, says the controversy has been focused on who has the biggest pyramids.

The reference to the portrayal of the film in Sudan to show its contribution to human civilization as a new link in the tension between the Egyptians and Sudanese on controversial issues between them,

More than one newspaper said a Qatari production company would finance the film, which was said to be starring Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Leonardo Caprio.

The film aims to promote historical tourism in Sudan through the narration of ancient Nubian history.

The Sudanese published a picture of Jolie as a Nubian queen and carried links to a press conference in which the Hollywood star and the UN ambassador confirmed she would visit Sudan in May to locate the film.

An Egyptian television station was met by Sudanese designer Samar Darwish, who reportedly will design Jolie’s fashion. None of these reports has been confirmed.

Report in Al-Quds Al-Arabi “Angelina Jolie is visiting Sudan this month and Khartoum is the last to know”

Tour of a desert princess

The furore began in March when Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, wife of the former emir of Qatar, visited Sudan as UN ambassador.

Pictures of Sheikha Mozah’s visit to the Pyramids, the site of pyramids from the Kingdom of Meroe dating back to 320 BC and 50 AD, were published in Qatar’s media networks and widely spread in social media.

However, the visit was criticized and ridiculed in the Egyptian media.

A picture of Jolie as a Nubian queen has spread in social media

Many in Cairo are looking at the Qatari move to invest $ 135 million to develop archaeological sites in Sudan as an attempt to undermine tourism in Egypt and as part of what they describe as efforts by the Gulf state to discredit Egypt and its leadership.
The size of the pyramids

The Egyptian media, Azmi Mujahid, is scarce in his television program on the pyramids of Sudan when he presents the pictures of Sheikha Mozah.

“All the stars of the world have their pictures near the pyramids of Giza, but Sheikha Mozah took a picture of her near (triangular cheese) in Sudan,” he said.

The Egyptians were angry at the phrase attributed to Sheikh Muza, “Sudan or the world”

There was a barrage of sarcastic comments about the size of the Sudanese pyramids. Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Osman, who said that “the pyramids of Sudan are older than Egypt’s pyramids by two thousand years,” is a claim that the archaeologists argue about his health.

Other Sudanese hastened to point out that their country had a larger group of pyramids totaling 230 pyramids.
“Sudan or the world”

Egyptians are always talking proudly about themselves that “Egypt is the mother of the world”.

Any visitor to Egypt will realize the impact of this phrase, which has been repeated in the official and popular narratives of Egypt and is embodied in the Egyptian saying “civilization 7000 years”.

Thus, a phrase written by Sheikha Mozah by hand suggested that Sudan is the “mother of the world” Egyptian commentators and users of social media.
Prevent tomato sauce

The verbal exchanges between the two neighboring countries showed growing tensions over controversial positions on issues such as:

Nile water

Chaos in Libya, which has borders with both countries

Links to the Gulf States

Sudan ‘s links with Islamists

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir recently accused Egypt of “stabbing his country in the back by occupying” Sudanese territory in the mid-1990s.

One of the Egyptian media described the pyramids of Sudan as “cutting three cheese”

Bashir referred to the Halaib region on the disputed Red Sea coast between Sudan and Egypt, where both countries claim sovereignty.

After the uproar sparked by Sheikha Mozah’s visit, many Facebook pages in Sudan called for boycotting Egyptian goods, especially fruits and vegetables, claiming to be contaminated with sewage waste.

Since March, the Sudanese Ministry of Commerce has suspended the import of a number of materials from Egypt, including tomato sauce (ketchup), tomatoes and fish.

Khartoum’s actions followed similar measures in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Some Sudanese have called for restrictions on Egyptian travel to Sudan.

The Sudanese president accused Egypt of “stabbing his country in the back”

Although officials in both countries have reduced the public outcry and confirmed historical ties between the two peoples, Sudan has imposed a visa on Egyptian men.

Egypt is angry?

Cairo is angered by Khartoum’s stance on a number of issues, including Sudan’s close ties with Ethiopia, where the “Great Millennium Dam” is being built, which could reduce Egypt’s share of the Nile water, which Egypt’s rulers have long regarded as the biggest threat to their country.

The second issue is Sudan’s links with the Islamists in Egypt and their Qatari supporters.

Qatar backs the Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after it was toppled by President Mohamed Morsi of the group in 2013.

Did not the Sudanese feel strongly about it?

Some Egyptians describe Sudan as a southern province of Egypt, but Egyptians usually count the two countries as one during the British colonization of the Nile Valley.

Sudanese have long complained of racist comments by some Egyptian commentators mocking their country and government.

One of the reactions to the current uproar is “I know Sudan,” in an attempt by Sudanese to raise awareness of their country and its heritage.

Source: BBC







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