Josh Wood

A journalist's observations on Lebanon and elsewhere

Trashed – The Story of Cairo’s “Garbage People”

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A woman from Cairo's Coptic Christian, garbage-collecting Zaballeen community walks through a trash-strewn alley in Garbage City. Photo by Sam Tarling.

As I wrote earlier, in September photographer Sam Tarling and I spent some time with Cairo’s Coptic Christian “garbage people”  – the Zaballeen.  Balancing their traditional way of life with the realities of modernity, the group is in a precarious spot today, despite their attempts to ambitions of recycling.  The story was for Esquire Middle East ran in November’s issue of the magazine, and I’ve posted the PDF of the article online here.


Written by woodenbeirut

December 5, 2010 at 1:25 am

Posted in Egypt

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