City of the Dead

  • Photographer
    Alina Fedorenko
  • Prize
    People Photographer Of the Year
  • Company/Studio
    freelance
  • Date of Photograph
    June 2017

The city of the dead is an ancient cemetery that is a residential neighborhood for the very poor people in Egypt. Cairo's alternative for those who are the poorest live in the City of the Dead slum between graveyards. A live between tombs and mausoleum structures, where people live and work amongst the dead. The settlement is far from legal, but the Egyptian government has long since given up on evicting residents. Doing so would require the unattractive proposition of moving the inhabitants to state-built apartments or forcing the creation of alternate slums. Most of the residents take care of the graves or places, next to many generations living and raising families at the same place. I travelled to Cairo to visit families living between the graves, to get closer to the way of life and stories each of the resident have.

Story

The city of the dead is an ancient cemetery that is a residential neighborhood for the very poor people in Egypt. Cairo's alternative for those who are the poorest live in the City of the Dead slum between graveyards. A live between tombs and mausoleum structures, where people live and work amongst the dead. The settlement is far from legal, but the Egyptian government has long since given up on evicting residents. Doing so would require the unattractive proposition of moving the inhabitants to state-built apartments or forcing the creation of alternate slums. Most of the residents take care of the graves or places, next to many generations living and raising families at the same place. I travelled to Cairo to visit families living between the graves, to get closer to the way of life and stories each of the resident have.

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