2011-04-10

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Good Morning - or is it Good Night??

I like documentaries. And there is a tv channel that primarily focuses on documentaries; The Knowledge Channel. Tonight I tuned in to watch a documentary about The City of the Dead in Cairo, Egypt. One reason for me to watch was because I've been there. It was a long time ago, but I remember how stunning this place was. It's full of beautiful mausoleums from the Marmeluk Sultanate era where the cemetary was established, but even today it's used as a graveyard. However, it is also the home of hundreds of thousands of poor people, many of them refugees from the canal zone. Noone really knows how many people living there. Maybe half a million, maybe 2 millions. But those who do, have taken over the grave tombs and live their lives as one would do in any residential area. When the owners of the grave tomb wishes to visit their dead family members, they must pay their respect to their dead in a strangers bed- or living room. Bizar .... however poverty drives people to the edge, and everybody needs a shelter.
I don't have any photos from this place myself (as I was strongly adviced not to bring my camera there), so I googled for you .....






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