|Aboriginal girl relaxing in the waters in Arnhem, Australia|
European scientists have finally admitted what has been known by Aboriginal Australians and other African peoples for decades, that the Aboriginal Australians like the Jarawa, San people and KhoiKhoi in South Africa and Namibia are the oldest people in the world. Humanity, civilizations, the first societies, religions and political systems all began in Africa. This is not simply afrocentrism, it is the truth. The first international migrants who travelled the world voluntarily and out of curiosity were Africans. Aboriginal Australians like their neighbours the Papuans, Karnaky people, Micronesians, Torres Strait Islanders, Tasmanians, Maori and the rest of Melanasian are descendants of the global trekking African migrants. Many of the people are farmers, traders or work in the large cities in their respective countries in tourism or cultural and language preservation. Their African ancestors walked literally halfway across the world to get to Australia. They first left East Africa most likely headed to Arabia (Saudi, Yemen and Oman), India, Malaysia, Indonesia finally reached Australia and New Zealand. Researchers at the University of Hawaii suggested the migration might've been driven by climate change. African migrants also reached China and Japan. Ancient Egypt or Kemet (original name for Egypt) is most likely the origins for Ancient Chinese civilizations according to Chinese geochemist Sun Weidong. Africans headed towards the West to Europe reaching Britain centuries before the Anglo Saxons. The more conservative British historians and pundits are grumbling about Africans reaching Britain first. Not only that. There were Africans in living in Roman Britain as well in London and in the remotest part of Scotland. The ancient migration route bears similarities to today's migration taken by Africans and Syrians coming up through Turkey.
|Papuans getting ready for a dance in the highlands of Papua New Guinea a neighbour of Australia|
|Aeta mum with her child and other parents in Philippines.|
|The Jarawa people in Andaman Islands in India. Jarawas are some of the oldest people in the world and can trace their DNA back to the first African migrants that left the continent thousands of years ago.|
With the exception of the Siddi people in Pakistan and Afro Indians in India, dark skinned peoples in Yemen (cultural and historic connections with Ethiopia), Iran, Turkey (Afro Turks are fighting to reclaim their heritage and identity), Jarwa and Onge people in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Balinese, Banda Acehese (See Acehese independence movement) and large portion of Indonesians, indigenous Orang Asli (Original people) in Malaysia, Mani people or Sakai in Thailand and Malaysia, the Aeta people and other Filipinos in Philippines from Quezon to Mindanao (Moro people) and Lumads, Aboriginal Taiwanese are of African descendant and share surprisingly cultural similarities with mainland Africans including ancestral knowledge on natural medicine, cures, ancestral religions, cultural traditions and ways of life. Many of the indigenous tribes and people live in the countryside: forests, mountains and the most remote parts of the mentioned countries. This has helped the people (like Twa people in D.R. Congo) to preserve their culture, history and language, knowledge of herbal health from colonialism, mainstream nationalism and environmental degradation. Many indigenous people face racism and discrimination, dispossession of their ancestral lands, environmental destruction, forced cultural and religious conversions. They do interact with the modern world and have moved to the cities but many indigenous peoples still live in the villages. They fought til the end to defend themselves and families from encroaching European colonialists and occupation. Not all the black people in Asia ended up there as slaves but some arrived in Australia, Melanesia, Malay archipelago thousands of years ago. Aboriginal Australians also share part of their DNA with Tamil people based on a recent study about a 4,000 year old migrants from India.
|Orang Asli people of Malaysia and Thailand|
Much like Ancient Egyptian civilization served as a blueprint for Mesopotamia, Ancient Persia and Turkey. For several centuries, Egypt was both the world power in Africa and across Asia. There is a reason why Egypt/Kemet even today is called the mother of the world in Arabic: Umm al Dunya. African children are taught that civilization began in Egypt and Ethiopia. Ancient Nubia in Sudan also aided Egypt in its civilizational process and both countries ruled over one another. The pharaonic political system, architecture, clothings in Nubia is identical to Ancient Egypt. It was not a coincidence. Nubia and Egypt were tied together for thousands of years. As a matter of fact, the ancestors of the Ancient Egyptians originally came from Southern Egypt closer to Aswan in Ancient Nubia. There are more pyramids in Sudan than Egypt. Which is true. Egypt was already ancient when Ancient Rome and Greece came into existence and the new kids Greeks and Romans learned from Egyptians on culture, religion, science and arts. Egypt and Nubia traded with neighbouring countries Libya, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor (Turkey) and Ancient Persia. Egypt still keeps these ancient trade links operating with the exception of Palestine that was once Ancient Canaan.
|Afro Iranian children in the city of Bandar Abbas, from a photographic book Afro Iranians by Mahdi Ehsaei. Bandar Abbas has a large Afro-Iranian population.|
|Afro Iraqi men in Basra, Iraq|
Today African migrants are moving across the African continent and out of it to Europe, Asia (interestingly Cambodia) and Americas. Continental Africans have moved across the world to United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Israel, Australia, China (Guandong is home to a large African expat community from across the continent), India, Japan, Russia, Brazil and Korea as students or migrants in addition to other parts of the Asia, Americas and Europe both West and East. Some Disaporan Africans are returning to the continent to reconnect with their roots, for a life change, cultural and economic reasons. The African Diaspora not only African people or black people in the Americas ie North and South America and the Caribbean.