On my first visit to Cairo, I arrived around 5 pm, the drive from the airport through snail paced traffic gave me plenty of time to look around. Looking up at the buildings around us, there were many mushroom looking shapes peeking over each roof.
When I asked our driver what it was, he explained “They are Satellite Dishes, and every family living in the building has their own.” This explained why the roofs were overloaded with them.
Not only were there Satellite Dishes, but the roofs were covered with garbage, including old furniture, and anything which must have been difficult to dispose of otherwise. But what is there to do when you live in a city where regular garbage collection is not part of daily life?
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