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January 30, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

City of the Dead, Cairo, Egypt

City of the Dead, (Qarafa, Arafa) is a 4 miles (6 km) long cemetery from northern to southern part of Cairo, Egypt.

It is a bustling grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here to be near their loved ones, or because they were forced from more crowded areas in Cairo and 60s immigration from countryside (wikipedia).

Poor residents have retrofitted old tombs to be temporary and (some times permanent) homes.

 

Retrofitted Tomb

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