The last course of the river
#Egypt, South of #Alexandria
I was on assignment for National Geographic on Nile Delta.
Isn't the Nile considered the cradle of civilization and agriculture? The Nile, abounding in organic plants, came from African lands to feed Egypt, to the beat of its floods. As years and centuries went by, irrigated and cultivated lands gave back to man the lavish fruit of his labor. Many species of fish used to live in the waters of the generous river. At that time, men, animals and nature lived in balance. Then came the day when man, proud of his technological knowledge and following the inevitable momentum of progress, wanted to tame nature and the Nile in order to better control its stream, its floods and its recedings. Temples, sleeping Pharaohs and their treasures were cut up and moved a few hundred feet away to prevent them from being forever immersed. A giant piece of concrete was erected to trap the waters of the river: it was named the Aswan Dam. That huge wall may provide electric power, however it blocks the natural fertilizers needed for cultures. As a result, the soil has grown poorer and fish have become scarcer. As man wanted to provide a technological answer to that natural disaster, the Nile was encircled by petrochemical plants producing fertilizers here and there. Nevertheless, those fertilizers poisoned the river as they fed the earth. On the banks of the Nile, in the delta, fish lay dead, and the hands of fishermen are affected by skin disease. Further away, the river, exhausted by its hindered course and polluted by factory wastes, flows into the sea.
Text written by Rachel Deghati. Published in "Destins Croisés" (Hors Collection Publishing in 2002). #nile #niledelta #river #fisherman #fish #pollution #environment #factory #documentaryphotography #water #waterislife #industry #savetheearth #photodocumentary #egyptian #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan ##عكاس#رضادقتى @thephotosociety