Πέμπτη, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2019

The Greeks of Sudan in the mid-19th century


The Greeks of Sudan in the mid-19th century

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)

From 1830 onwards, as the Sudan was a sort of mainland for those who lived and operated a business in Egypt, a small number of Greeks became active in the ivory, leather and ostrich feathers trade. Indeed, since the Greeks were the first European in the area, from the mid 19th century, they guided the expeditions along the Nile River several times. Once the trip through the Nile was very difficult and required a person with a good knowledge of navigation, the Greeks often were the captains of small boats that were making these exploratory trips. Since they knew the region and the local languages, they acted like the “Marco Polo” of Africa, according to Samuel Baker. At the same time, the increasing commercial activity between the regions of western Sudan and the Maghreb, especially after the second half of the 19th century, was an event of decisive importance for the wider region since it led the first European traders, including the Greeks, to Sudan. Gradually, Sudan became a significant trade centre of the whole north-eastern Africa. Goods were transported by camels until Aswan and from there, either by land or through the Nile they were delivered to Cairo.

Σάββατο, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2018

The Greeks of Lourenço Marques (Mozambique) in 1895


(excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Mozambique’)


In 1895, the Greek community of Lourenço Marques numbered 34 people. Most of them were workers, fishermen and traders and lived by the central railway station in Rua Araujo.




Πέμπτη, 18 Οκτωβρίου 2018

The Greek railway workers of Mozambique


(excerpt of the book ‘The Greek community in Mozambique’)


The first Greeks immigrated to Beira in 1890. They were mainly from Lemnos and Kasos and worked in the construction of the railway which would link Beira to Salisbury in the then Rhodesia (pr. Zimbabwe).
The Greek presence was crucial to the completion of the railway because of their expertise and their prior experience in similar projects both in Asia Minor and Egypt, but also because of their resistance to the difficult weather conditions and the dangers of the jungle.


Παρασκευή, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018

La communauté grecque de Tunisie (16ème-21ème siècle)

La communauté grecque de Tunisie (16ème-21ème siècle)



Six ans après la première édition, l'histoire de la communauté grecque de Tunisie est désormais en français.
L'étude, qui présente pour la première fois l'histoire de la communauté grecque de Tunisie, est basée exclusivement sur des documents d'archives, résultat de la recherche en Grèce et Tunisie. C’est la première fois que les archives communautaires et consulaires ont été consultées.
Le livre est disponible auprès de l'auteur Antonis A. Chaldeos via email (anchald1997@hotmail.com)



Δευτέρα, 6 Αυγούστου 2018

The Greeks of Port-Sudan in the 1900s



The Greeks of Port-Sudan in the 1900s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)


In 1906, 1,572 Greeks resided in Port Sudan when the total population of the city was 7,636 people. Apart from those worked in the construction sector, there were lots of merchants who represented the big trading houses of Khartoum. One of these traders was George Lorenzatos, who ran a store and bar with his brother.


Δευτέρα, 9 Ιουλίου 2018

Kosti: The ‘Greek’ city of Sudan

Kosti: The ‘Greek’ city of Sudan


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)


In a short distance from Ed Dueim, there is a small city, Kosti which was named by the Greek Costas Mourikis (1867-1937), who arrived in Sudan in 1899 together with his brother Chris. Mourikis settled by the Nile coast and opened a grocery store. As many of the locals built their huts close to him a new village was created that was named Kosti. Within the following decades, Kosti attracted contractors, merchants, bakers and cotton engineers

The Greek basketball team of Ethiopia

The Greek basketball team of Ethiopia

One of the most legendary teams in the sports history of Ethiopia was ‘Olympiacos of Addis Ababa’.
Not only did it win 18 championships in a row (1952-1970) but it also was the winner of African Champion’s League in 1964.

The Greeks of Vila Pery (Mozambique) in the 1890s

The Greeks of Vila Pery (Mozambique) in the 1890s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Mozambique’)

Apart from those who settled in Beira in the late 19th century, a few Greeks settled in Vila Pery and were involved in farming. They leased plots along the railway line towards the border with Rhodesia. It is estimated that the total area occupied by the Greeks was almost 40,000 acres. Some of the Greek pioneers were the brothers Dimitris, Paul and Panagiotis Babiolakis, Eugenios Koutsis, Kostas and
Kyriakos Katsoulis and others.


Πέμπτη, 21 Ιουνίου 2018

The Greeks of Eritrea in the 1880s

The Greeks of Eritrea in the 1880s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greeks in the horn of Africa’)


The first Greeks settled in Masawa of Eritrea in 1875, when the city was under the Egyptian rule. On 21/4/1886, 6,000 people lived in Masawa. Apart from the Somalis, the Arabs and the Ethiopians, there were also several hundred Greeks who controlled the commercial activity of the harbour, exporting mainly ivory. Climate conditions were very difficult due to the heat and humidity. There was only one hotel in the city that belonged to a Greek.


Τετάρτη, 13 Ιουνίου 2018

The Greek community of Burundi in the 1940s.

The Greek community of Burundi in the 1940s.


Members of the Greek community of Vila Pery in Mozambique in 1915.

Members of the Greek community of Vila Pery in Mozambique in 1915.