Recently, Egypt and Sudan got embroiled in a war of words over a movie that will showcase the history of Sudan to indicate that the country is the 'mother of all civilizations'.
Egyptians believe that it is Egypt that is the mother of all civilizations while Sudanese claim that it is their country. The movie will portray Sudan as the mother of all civilisations. Now, this claim has made Egyptians angry who say they have a 7,000-year old history!
Interestingly, both countries have Pyramids and there's an argument over whose pyramids are older, better, bigger and deserve more attention.
According to BBC, Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie plans to make a movie on the history of Sudan, starring herself and Leonardo DeCaprio in the lead roles. The movie will be funded by a Qatari Production house.
So, the two nations are at war. Read on to know the complete story.
The controversy started in March 2017 when Princess Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar visited the pyramids of Sudan as a United Nations Ambassador. The photos soon spread over the internet.
The row intensified when the princess described Sudan as the 'mother of all civilizations'. Qatar is investing $135 million for restoring the historical architecture of Sudan. Qatar's support to Sudan has angered Egypt!
The princess communicating with Sudanese officials.
Sudanese pyramids are mostly in dilapidated condition but hold historical importance.
According to BBC, Egypt has alleged that Qatar's bid to help Sudan will affect its tourism industry. Egyptians also think that Sudanese pyramids look like "cheese triangles".
Reacting to the photographs of the princess in Sudan, Egypt's Al-Aseema's talk show host Azmi Mujahid said, "All the world's stars have had their pictures taken by the [Giza] Pyramid but princess Sheikha Moza had a picture next to two cheese triangles in Sudan.
According to reports, Sudan's pyramids are 2,000 years older than those found in Egypt. Therefore, Sudanese think that they deserve more attention and tourists. Also, Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt. Sudan has 230 pyramids, Egypt has 138.
Egypt and Sudan have long been rivals and the war of words has been escalating over the years. The countries have conflicting opinions over certain issues, including the Nile river water, the chaos in Libya which borders both countries, ties with Arab Gulf states and Sudan's links with Islamists.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has accused Egypt of "stabbing his country in the back" when it occupied Sudanese territory in the mid-1990s.
The controversy escalated when the Egyptian media interviewed Sudanese designer Samar Darwish who is the official designer of Angelina Jolie in the movie. Egyptians have disliked Angelina's plan to make a film on history of Sudan.
Later, British Ambassador to Sudan also confirmed the news with a tweet which embroiled him into serious controversy. The tweet was later deleted but it read "Starring Angelina Jolie, the film on Sudan ancient civilization is now in the making."
Sudan's reactions to the whole controversy have been relatively sombre. Sudan has introduced #KnowSudan campaign and its Arabic translation to raise awareness about the country and its heritage.