Life Inside Garbage City

Inside Garbage City

Deep inside Manshiyat Naser, affectionately known as Garbage City, people organize and sort trash from across Cairo. It is a predominantly Coptic Christian area of the city, sitting at the base of Mokattam Hill, known for its recycling. Almost 90 percent of the garbage is recycled, a rate almost four times that of most Western recycling companies. Before the outbreak of swine flu in Egypt, pigs were found throughout the neighbourhood eating leftover organic waste. After the outbreak, the government culled all the pigs. However, the locals smile and cough when I turn at the sound of faint squeal. Something tells me the swine live on.

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