City scavengers in Egypt
• scavengers City in Egypt
In addition to well-known to all tourists visiting Cairo, the Coptic (Christian) quarter, in the Egyptian capital, there is another area where Christians live. There is a huge cave monastery, however, is not ancient, but his cathedral, named after the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Simeon, is the largest in the Middle East Christian religious structure and can hold up to twenty thousand people! It is called the Monastery of St. Simon the Shoemaker, and is dedicated to Simeon Tanner, who lived here in the tenth century and is revered for saving thousands of fellow believers.
However, there is no excursions are not satisfied. The name of this area, located at the foot of the mountain Mukattam, City scavengers, or as they say local, Manche-Nasir.
labor is exclusively Coptic Christians, who form a kind as to say Gumilyov, sub-ethnic group, a kind of social group, called ZABBALEEN. They are completely free of charge (ie, without receiving anything from the city administration) collect garbage from all fifteen millionth Cairo, dumped it here, sorted and recycled, earning money is on processing. And make good money.
The sorting process waste from family to family a little different, but is reduced to approximately the same: all over the city donkey cart, collect garbage in huge bags, which dumped their "harvest" at certain collection points, where debris is passed on trucks or pickups.
Then the garbage is sent directly to the City scavengers, and it falls to the ground floor. Here passes the primary sorting, for example, select all the metal, and the rest moved to the second floor, where you can select all the paper and plastic ... All unnecessary goes down and burned nearby. The upper floors are used for housing.
After sorting the raw material is sent to both the local processing plants, and other plants in Cairo, where they are already producing certain products.
The most interesting thing here is that the area - not just a factory for processing of rubbish, and it is a residential area: there are many shops, cafes, pharmacies, hairdressers, children playing in the streets ... However, no kindergartens or schools here is not seen. There are, however, those institutions on the territory of the monastery, but I do not think that they can accommodate all the children of the area - apparently to study children still goes somewhere beyond the quarter.