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Garbage City (26 of 29)
Cairo, Egypt
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Mar 2013

March 20, 2013, Manshiyat Naser, Egypt. A Coptic woman is standing near a stairwell inside her home next to posters of slain Coptic martyrs.

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Garbage City (28 of 29)
Cairo, Egypt
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Mar 2013

March 20, 2013, Manshiyat Naser, Egypt. A general view of the Garbage City slum.

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Garbage City (29 of 29)
Cairo, Egypt
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Mar 2013

March 18, 2013, Manshiyat Naser, Egypt. A car is transporting a massive amount of to be recycled material into the slum.

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Garbage City
Cairo, Egypt
By Mais Istanbuli
17 Mar 2013

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.

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Garbage city
cairo, egypt
By Eleonora Gatto
27 Jul 2012

The Garbage City is one of Cairo's most important areas. It's a slum, but it's fundamental for the process of recycling.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (6 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A garbage collector searches for recyclable trash that could turn into marketable products in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (8 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

The Zabaleen earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. It’s estimated that the Zabaleen recycle some 80 percent of the garbage they collect. Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (9 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

An elderly couple sort through heaps of trash in their home in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums 10
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Boys drinking a tea in a café while a a girl is passing in front of bundle of garbage in the street.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums 8
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A man and a woman sorting pieces opf material in their home.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (14 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

The Zabaleen earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. Different families and areas within Manshiyat Naser specialize in different recycling projects, focusing on turning organic waste, metals, plastic bottles or animal bones into marketable products. . May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (5 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A young man bears a bag of cans that need to be recycled in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (7 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

The Zabaleen earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. The government rarely tends to the slum settlement and relies on the them to do the necessary but dirty work. Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (10 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A baby lies on a stack of cardboard boxes in a garbage collector's trash infested home in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (13 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Plastic shampoo bottles are sorted together to be recycled in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (11 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Space remains a luxury in Garbage City as the population continues to increase along with the amount of garbage there is to collect and recycle. Cairo, Egypt. May, 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (12 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A young man recycles plastic by using a machine that shreds, melts and cuts material into plastic pellets which are then packaged and sold in Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (4 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A truck hauls mountains of trash that needs to be recycled through the streets of Cairo, Egypt. May 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (2 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

Space remains a luxury in Garbage City as the population continues to increase along with the amount of garbage there is to collect and recycle. Cairo, Egypt. May, 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums (3 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Simon Letellier
22 May 2012

A family sorts through garbage in the street and filters material that could be recycled in Cairo, Egypt. June, 2012.

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Egypt's Garbage Slums
Cairo, Egypt
By Mais Istanbuli
22 May 2012

Manshiyat Naser, also known as Garbage City, is a shanty town in Cairo inhabited by mostly Coptic Christians. The over-populated area is known for its lack of a proper sewage system, electricity, and its polluted water system. Municipal water is scarcely distributed in the city but is often diverted to more prestigious locations. The Zabaleen, or garbage collectors, earn their livelihood by sorting and recycling the city’s waste. Some of the first Coptic farmers who arrived to Cairo in the 1940’s were in charge of the same task. Now, Manshiyat Naser consists of different families and areas that are in charge of various recycling projects. The government, however, rarely tends to the slum settlement and relies on the Zabaleen to do the necessary but dirty work.