Thursday, January 28, 2010

Unreported World: Egypt's Rubbish People

Aired February 8, 2008 on Channel 4
Unreported World exposes a dark side to Egypt that the authorities don't want foreigners to see: a secretive society of around 40,000 people literally living in rubbish in a Cairo ghetto overrun by rats and disease. Reporter Evan Williams and producer James Brabazon are some of the first journalists to film inside the ghetto where tens of thousands live with garbage stacked to the roofs of their multi-storey homes - eking out a living recycling the rubbish by hand. It's a sight rarely seen by outsiders, and almost definitely not by the million British Tourists who visit Egypt every year.

This group is unique for another reason. They're part of Muslim Egypt's Christian minority; a community claiming to be besieged by persecution, extremism and a creeping Islamisation in Egypt's security services. The team highlights one the most sensitive issues faced by some of those in Egypt - their decision to convert to Christianity - a decision that some Muslims believe should be punishable by death under a strict interpretation of sharia religious law.


  1. Predrag StojadinovicJanuary 29, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    time to boycott Egypt and go dive somewhere else...

  2. R€LIGION $TINKS OF MON£¥January 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I have been in Cairo and Alexandria but haceboycotted the place since I learned about the persecution of gay men in Egypt.

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