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Pic of the Day: Egypt’s Garbage City

Bas Princen‘s striking photo of Mokattam Ridge, a slum on the outskirts of Cairo, is not a doctored warning against urban pollution. Since the ’50s, the economy of  “Garbage City” has revolved around collecting and recycling Cairo’s garbage. The Zabbaleen (Arabic for garbage collectors), a community of Coptic Christians who traditionally disposed of the waste, did so by feeding it to their pigs. Post-swine flu epidemic, that isn’t possible thanks to the state-wide slaughter of over 300,000 pigs.

Learn more in a recent documentary called Garbage Dreams. Peep additional images after the jump.

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

Photo by Alexander Heilner

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