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Perhaps that remained a little unnoticed on Trekearth, but two days ago, three b*stards, so frustrated with their own sexlife that they exchanged a dubtious promise of 70 virtual virgins against the real life of more than 20 people, children included.

These kamikaze bombings happened in Dahab, a peaceful backpackers and divers village in South Sinai, Egypt, on the Red Sea shore, where authentic bedouins have settled.

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5 years ago I was strolling some seaside in Dahab with a friend, when a peculiar bedouin fellow stopped and looked at us. I asked him to photograph, he asked me to remember his name, neither of us had any pen to write it down : he begun his name which started with Abdallah Jumni, I remember clearly and then came between eight and ten other names I forgot, probably the names of his whole ascendence.
He had us repeating until we knew the complete megilla... for twenty minutes... after which only Abdallah Jumni stayed... the rest vanished.

He was either really loaded or had some trouble with his eyes and arms direction : I shot him as he showed where he lived... apparently in the midst of the Red Sea... then he looked at my friend's watch and vuaguely pointed towards my friend's elbow, while looking somewhere over the palms trees... he said he liked the watch very much, the trouble was that my friend liked it too, then we parted, thanking Abdallah Jumni Jr.

This was then the life in Dahab, so cool and spiced with unexpected meetings.

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The day after the bombings I read that the shopkeepers, the hotel employees, the dive instructors, the restaurant waiters, the tour guides and the bedouins, be them expats or egyptians, gathered and marched through the alley chanting "we love you tourists".
Perhaps Abdallah Jumni was taking part of the march. With the hindsight, his gesture takes a different meaning : he's saying "All you, brainwashed kamikaze motherf*ckers, sod off the other side of this coastline and get lost at sea, will you!"

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