17 Mar 2013 17:00
Mokattam village, or Garbage City, as it is known by the locals, is a slum settlement at the base of Mokattam Hill on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The slum is populated by a community of workers called Zabbaleen, who personally collect, sort, re-use, re-sell or otherwise repurpose Cairo’s waste. Over 90 percent of the population is Coptic Christian.
This shocking photo essay reveals the reality of thousands of Egyptians who for generations have been living and working among mountains of stinking rubbish, with no access to running water, sewage, or electricity.