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Many of them had ancestors who'd come up from the Middle East, some from the semi-nomadic Khazars, others from Spain at the time of the Inquisition, and still others from elsewhere in Europe during the frequent expulsions.
Visit semi-nomadic Kyrgyz and Wakhi shepherding communities
The Bedouin are a semi-nomadic Arab people who have lived for several centuries in the Negev desert.
The majority of Bedouins in Israel and the West Bank live a relatively settled but still sometimes semi-nomadic lifestyle, residing in permanent villages but pasturing livestock in adjacent areas.
On animal husbandry and nutrient cycling in the northern Hajar mountains, Eva Schlecht, from the University of Kassel, said livestock husbandry has been an important way of life for Oman's sedentary and semi-nomadic rural populations for millennia.
Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle.
The people of Cholistan lead a semi-nomadic life, moving from one place to another in search of water and fodder for their animals.
IT'S pronounced Cash'ki and it's named after a semi-nomadic Iranian tribe.
But then it's raw, unpasteurised and organic, from Yemen, extracted laboriously by semi-nomadic beekeepers, who climb up a mountain to reach the flower of the Sidr tree twice a year.
Violence in central Nigeria is frequently fuelled by long-running land disputes between semi-nomadic communities like the Muslim Fulani and farming settlers including mainly Christian Berom, both often armed with automatic weapons.
The business model of Mongol TV is based on advertising, which presents problems of its own, since 30 percent of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic, plus, according to Chinbat, "The rating system is relatively new and is not very reliable because it only covers the city of Ulaanbaatar and the sampling is very weak: [there are] only about 100 people [with] meter boxes.
The AU team had timed its visit with plans by that area's Kiir-backed Ngok Dinka community leaders to conduct a unilateral referendum, as well as counter-plans for a similar ballot to be organised by the Bashir-backed Arab semi-nomadic Misseriya tribal leaders, who traditionally move back and forth between the RoS and RSS to graze their cattle.