Reflection On Exile

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This notion of exile directs us to what Edward Said states in his essay "Reflections on Exile" (2000). Though the exile experience of Said as a Palestinian differs from the Nubian 's one, the feelings of being uprooted from a homeland tend to be the same. Said defines exile as "the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home" (137). And even from the very first line, he explains that exile is "terrible to experience," and that it is worse than death. Said goes on to demonstrate the characteristics of exile as "irremediably secular and unbearably historical; that it is produced by human beings for other human beings; and that, like death but without death 's ultimate mercy, it has torn millions of people from the nourishment of tradition, family and geography (place)?" (138; my emphasis). Said associates the idea of "belonging in and to a place, a people, a heritage," –identity– and dignity. He holds that to deny identity to people is to deny them their dignity, and since…show more content…
They waited for their good-for-nothing "officials and the parliament and the Nubian organizations in Cairo," who have offered the Nubians nothing. They have blind trust in the government that had given them nothing but barren, inagriculturable lands and unfair compensations. The masses even silence themselves when any one of them would dare to try to call for their rights. Nubians were reterritorialized and found themselves in inhumane circumstances all year long. At flood time, the scorpions and snakes would come up to their villages from the mountains, and in summer, the water would recede and leave the sand exposed to the sunrays which made it burning-hot. Mythic
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