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Garbage City is a district in Cairo. The city is built on garbage and it is part of daily life for the people. The community collect garbage from all over Cairo and bring it back to sort, recycle and salvage. They are called the Zabaleen, and are considered the lowest of the lows. About 30 years ago, Christianity was strongly introduced and the people took to it quickly, and massive churches were built into the side of nearby rocks and caves. With a life of this nature, religion is bound to be ever so strong to help provide the people with hope.

I visited this area with a friend who I met and said he wanted to photograph it, and he wouldnt have gone by himself. So, we both set off one day to this uncommonly chartered area. What we were amazed with was the genuine friendliness and welcoming smiles we received - and it was an unforgettable experience to walk through streets of garbage, with everyone living around it without bothering them. Naturally health issues and diseases are a problem here, but the people have managed to stay in high spirits.

I have a series of photos I took here, and this one sets the atmosphere and the look of Garbage City.

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Additional Photos by David Lazar (dvlazar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 805 W: 56 N: 1220] (6644)
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