May 8, 2008
Cairo, is Egypt's ancient city for the dead. It is now occupied by tens of thousands of squatters. Stones previously used as tombs, now makes desks, beds, chairs, and TV stands. Becoming poorer and poorer, these squatters have been forced to settle in this graveyard like sanctuary. It at first seems amazing that the same place where once the richest and proudest of a past civilization would go to set their travels, into many other worlds beyond our own, is now being used as housing by this civilization's poor and alienated. But then it dawns on me, these squatters were previously living in the mass urban slum villages that are currently being torn down and replaced with corporate western shopping malls. This is not amazing, it is just another gross attempt at gentrification. Soon, Cairo will be known as the city of the walking dead, as thousands of squatters began fighting for what little resources are left for them.