The Garbage City May 17, 2011

That the Zabaleen are mostly ethnic Copts, because Muslims don”t handle garbage. For all that, they were not very good Christians, being sunk in drugs and alcohol and the like, until a preacher named Abu Samaan came in and helped clean things up, at least ethically, and revived the Faith. He also caused a beautiful church to be carved out of Mount Mokattam, which rises just behind the Garbage City. During the swine flu epidemic a couple years ago, the police came in and slaughtered all their pigs, a vital part of the recycling work, and a month ago, after the Revolution, an Islamist mob attacked the Garbage City and people were killed. Life is riskier now for the Copts, in general, than it was under Mubarak.

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Ganado-Lady 05/17/2011

An unofficial and efficient recycling program in Cairo. We had a similar one right here in Laguna Niguel, Orange County. The night before garbage pick-up, our Mexican residents would silently drive our neighborhoods, carefully extracting all of the cardboard and large recyclables from the trash. However, the sensibilities of our powerful homeowners associations were upset and the pick-ups were banned. Now we have to schedule and pay for special a pick-up when we have large items or too much cardboard. More money for the trash company.

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