Reflecting on Cairo

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One of the many herds of sheep on the side of the highway

Cairo was not a beautiful city.  The pyramids & sphinx were amazing.  Really breathtaking.  The rest of the city, dirty & extreme poverty.  Piles & piles of trash everywhere.  Endless trash.  Farm animals are seen all over the city.  Horses, donkeys, sheep, cows.  Everywhere.  The animals we encountered were not in great health.  Skinny & even bleeding.  Sad.  There were also packs of stray dogs & cats all over the city.  The kittens were cute but everywhere.

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The picture above, although poor quality, is a glimpse into how the whole city looks.  Extreme poverty.  The most extreme poverty I have witnessed.  Kids as well as adults barefoot.  Communal watering stations (not sure if this is necessarily a sign of poverty but not something you see everyday), not a water fountain but a metal station (looking similar to an ice cream machine) or even a Gatorade-type cooler with a metal cup chained to it that passers-by stop and have a drink from.  The majority of the residential buildings didn’t have glass windows, just holes (as seen in the picture).  I wish I had visited a couple of years ago so I could compare the then and now.  I’m wonder if the city is worse now after the revolution & the drastic drop in tourism or if it was always like this.  It was clear that there was devastation due to the revolution (bombed out buildings) but what about before?

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I’m happy to be home.  Extremely thankful & grateful for EVERYTHING I have.

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One thought on “Reflecting on Cairo

  1. I think it’s so healthy for westerners to see developing countries. So necessary to see how good we have it and the need that is out there. That’s how I felt in E. Europe a decade ago with all of the orphans on the street. so sad.

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