"overview of Abu ushar" Abu `Ushar Travelogue by uglyscot
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Walking through the village you are aware of the uneven terrain, and see there are trees inside courtyards. However, to get a clearer picture of the village for my historical research, I sent my husband up to the upper storey of the mosque [where the women pray] where I hoped the height would show the village more clearly. It's not as good as I hoped but does give an idea.
Probably the earliest settlers built their homes on one of the two dunes beside the river. These are separated by a khor, or water channel. The situation would have given access to the river as a source of water, yet keep them out of danger from the annual floods. There was a forest in the neighbourhood for grazing cattle, and for fuel.
As the families grew, new courtyards would be built beside the ancestral home. In time, some of the family moved to a nearby area and started a satellite settlement either because they or their animals needed more space. It can be seen how still family groups congregate together in areas. Sometimes land was sold and new people moved in, but the original pattern is still visible.
Abu Ushar was well known in the past for its schools., especially Quaranic schools. The village itself has a history that includes a group of sheikhs [learned religious men] coming and settling in the village. In more modern times there was a Quranic school, intermediate school and secondary schools as well
To the south of Abu ushar itself is an extension where there is a market, police offices and a new building which , I think, is the telephone office as there is big sign for Sudatel outside.
The "Escape" carries excess water from the canals of the Gezira. In August the water was brown compared to the colour of the Blue Nile itself.
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