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Carsten SnejbjergA girl stands on a rooftop in the garbage city of Manshiet Nasser in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, October 23, 2006. The men and young boys of Manshiet Nasser collect more than a third of the 10,000 tons of daily garbage produced in Cairo. The Zabbaleen community of trash collectors recycles 80-85% of the garbage they collect. Three hundred fifty thousand people live and work in the garbage city of Manshiet Nasser. The Zabbaleen migrated from rural Egypt in the 1950s during a time of drought. They were Coptic Christian pig farmers who began collecting garbage to feed their animals. The infant mortality rate is around 12 percent, twice as high as rest of Egypt. An extremely high percentage of the children suffer from respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, and infectious diseases. Forty-nine percent of the inhabitants have intestinal parasites.
Garbage Town
Manshiet Nasser is the largest squatter area in Cairo, populated mostly by Zabbaleen, or trash collectors who emigrated from rural Egypt in the 1950s. Three hundred and fifty thousand people live in the area, which suffers from poor living and environmental conditions, inadequate services, and lack of infrastructure.
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