Friends

The GNM has moved from Norway to Greece and today we paid our homage to the memorial of the 40 days since the death of the director of the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, late Dr. Dimitrios Konstantios.

Therefore, the subject of our return to the internet space of the Medieval Sai Project, after a silence due to the burdened academic schedule in Bergen, could not be other than memory…

Remembering the days on Sai, we agree that our friends from the island are what naturally comes first to mind.

Like the joyfulness of Mohamed Bahit…

 

… the tireless Sheikh Mohamed Ahmed and his son Osama

The omnipresence of Sid Ahmed and of Mohamed – the mechanic, the electrician, the builder…

Along with the industrious Salah Balah, the other patient locals who worked with the GNM, like Ramzi and Saluh

or Salah Fathia and Hassan…

… as well as Zakaria, the guard of the so-called Cathedral site, the sheikh of the nearby village of Saisab. Talking with him about the history of the island one can learn a lot; and so we will be looking forward to interviewing him upon our next stay on Sai…

Hidden always on the backstage for reasons of modesty, but worth of being in the front scene thanks to his positive energy and authenticity, Abdel Fatah…

…his wife Manal and their three (!!!) children were the first to be photographed in front of the signs that the GNM set up for the protection and promotion of the site of the Medieval Church of Sai; the subject of the coming entry insha Allah!

Or a woman of diametrically different origins than Manal, but of the sincerely original Sudanese sufia/wisdom, ustaza Husna Taha al Atta…

And then Ustaz Maarouf, the organizer of our presentation at the local school of Morka, the poet; the composer of the first text in Nubian characters to be written on Sai since the Medieval period; if not not the first to be publicly shown in the Islamic Republic of the Sudan…

And last but not least, Sheikh Ad Din and Sami, noblest of the noble…

…of those to whose hands one can trust the most precious…

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One Response to Friends

  1. Martin says:

    I hope your next entry will find me still in Khartoum (St. Matthew\’s Cathedral) to join you on your next trip to Sai for me to witness a Medieval Christian remain in Northern Sudan. It is worthwhile for a priest to cherish such an experience. (Fr. Martin)

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