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  • Cairo's predominantly Christian population of garbage collectors, known as the zabaleen, roam the streets of the sprawling city's wealthier neighborhoods collecting its garbage.

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  • Cairo's predominantly Christian population of garbage collectors, known as the zabaleen, roam the streets of the sprawling city's wealthier neighbourhoods collecting its garbage.

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  • They watched as the neighborhood's hundreds of thousands of residents, known as the zabaleen, sorted the city's trash under terrible conditions, as their families have done for decades.

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  • Rag rugs, patchwork quilts and other crafts made by Cairo trash pickers, known as zabaleen, for sale at a Gramercy Park church.

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  • As a consequence of the pig massacre, the streets of Cairo have become almost unlivable, and the Christian garbage collectors, locally called the zabaleen, have been robbed of their livelihood.

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  • This is where thousands of freelance trash collectors called zabaleen, who are mainly Coptic Christians, hand-sort through tons of rubbish collected from the streets of the megalopolis and then sell recyclable material.

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  • At least two protesters were hurt, the correspondent said, as an ambulance was on stand-by in the Manshiyet Nasr district in Cairo of about 35,000 scrap and recycling merchants known as the "zabaleen" who raise some 60,000 pigs.

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  • Cairo's poor Copts are known as "zabaleen", an Arabic name for garbage man.

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  • To supplement their meager income, the zabaleen, as the trash collectors are called, began to separate the organic waste, which they fed to their pigs, from the glass, paper, and metal they could recycle.

    Lynne Hybels: When Jesus Comes, Everything Changes: An Advent Experience In Cairo

  • But in 1974, a young zabaleen asked a Christian businessman whose trash he collected to explain the Gospel to him.

    Lynne Hybels: When Jesus Comes, Everything Changes: An Advent Experience In Cairo

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  • sad to say, Slackman lives up to his name by failure to explicitly connect what's happening to the trash now with the racist government policy that played into the swine cull. there's a more interesting story underneath this mild denunciation of the government's poor bureaucracy.

    September 20, 2009

  • “For more than half a century, those collectors were the zabaleen, a community of Egyptian Christians who live on the cliffs on the eastern edge of the city. They collected the trash, sold the recyclables and fed the organic waste to their pigs — which they then slaughtered and ate.�?

    The New York Times, Egypt Discovers the Flaw in Killing All Its Pigs, by Michael Slackman, September 19, 2009

    September 20, 2009