NCW visits women affected by violence in Aswan
Head of the National Council for Women, Mervat al-Talawy - YOUM7/Amr Mostafa

CAIRO: Members of the National Council for Women in Aswan visited the women of the Daboudia and Beni Helal tribes that were involved in violent clashes earlier this month, Youm7 reported.

During the visit, the NCW met with them women to discuss the issues they are currently facing. The visit also included an effort to inventory the damages in their houses and compile the women’s losses.

The NCW also called on authorities to provide the women with school books for their children, as theirs had been burned inside their homes during the clashes, in which the tribes’ houses were set on fire.

The Ganoubiya Horra released a statement on April 11 stating that a number of women had been victims in the clashes that broke out between the two tribes, which was reaffirmed by the No To Marginalizing Upper Egypt movement.

The movements stated that the media coverage of the conflict failed to recognize the targeting of women, and that the women and children had been placed at major risk.

A truce was announced between both tribes on April 7, after several meetings between tribe leaders and authorities in the governorate.

However, the region continues to see unrest, and on Wednesday Nubian youth demanded the dismissal of the governor of Aswan for failing to address the violence.

The clashes left more than 27 people killed and dozens injured, and began due offensive writings on schools walls which led to arguments, escalating into violent clashes between both families.

Additional reporting by Marwa el-Ghoul.

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