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Title:The role of the family, kinship and rural/urban migration in the pocessing of solid waste in Cairo
Author:Hakim, Sherif Mahmoud El
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Egypt
Subject:waste management
Abstract:Cairo has no publicly organised solid waste disposal system. Instead, and with little cost to the public, the waste from the dwellings of the eight million people of Cairo is almost entirely digested within the city itself. The present paper describes how such economic and ecological efficiency is achieved through kinship solidarity, migration and cross-ethnic relations. In cooperation with a community of migrants originally from the Western Desert (the Moslem Wahiya), squatter communities systematically sort the urban domestic waste into marketable components and raise pigs. The squatters are Zabaline, Christian migrants originally from the Coptic villages around Assiut in Upper Egypt. A steady influx of new migrants absorbs the increasing volume of waste due to the expanding city and replaces retiring vertically mobile old migrants. Development strategies and the issue of the human costs of the system are discussed in the final section of the paper. Notes, ref., French sum.