Zabbaleen: Trash Town. A whole community in Egypt that lives on rubbish

Zabbaleen: Trash Town. A whole community in Egypt that lives on rubbish


Finding this place is never a problem Zabbaleen. The city of rubbish collectors is surrounded by an accurate smell that most people would find unbearable This is where waste from the whole of Cairo are brought No one ever saw police officer here People live by their own rules and also always happy to see stranger visiting The region populated mainly by Coptic Christian, Egypt minority religion Moslem lives here too, but there is no religious conflicts in Zabbaleen the dump guarantees interface peace is the only local provider of work and liveliness Kyrollos, and he is ten He spent all his child in the rubbish collecting city of Zabbaleen But he’s one of the lucky ones Unlike his peers Kyrollos hasn’t had to start doing any of the dirty work yet Gerges inherited this job from his father He was a refuse collector too They came to Zabbaleen 45 years ago and recycling techniques have barely changed in these years Gerges Saad family collects, sorts, and cleans several different types of rubbish all the time Typically, the men work with metal and plastic Collecting and cleaning rubbish is a family concern The women play their part too They sort the food waste Shekhata El-Mogaddis is one of the wealthiest people in Zabbaleen He calls himself mayor of the city of rubbish collectors but officially there is no such position also rumor has it, that Shekhata personally control the sale of all glass at the recycling facilities which they say generate fabulous profit for him There’s a villa with the luxurious pageant love very close to the dump entrance Shekhata never touches the rubbish himself He just manages the process He doesn’t even clean his own house He has a housekeeper for that Shekhata, He is my uncle because his father was rich since the beginning 90 percent of the community are poor who are the regular garbage collector who are relying on the garbage which they collect Sort and sell to the recycler There you see, family sorting paper compactor they are compacting using electrical compactor We have our own live We have groceries shop We have buchos coffee shop, as you see because men after collecting the garbage they are very …. and come to the coffee shop to drink tea or to smoke sisha any problem or conflict is happening between each other it’s solved internally The big leader of the family He will respect the all people So, once there is a problem all people have a round table “Oh, no.. , you should applogize to him, oh I’m sorry” All off problem has finished Never go to the police station Never invite a police We don’t like them by the way Because they come to make the problem more higher The cops claim to be among the worlds, earliest Christian They believe that their ancestors converted when Jesus still lived and since then they always try to resolve problem peacefully The Christian way Gerges has working day, begins at 3.30 every morning Avery Zabbaleen sign this a specific part of Egypt’s capital Collecting waste from a colleague territory is quickly taboo All rubbish collectors religiously observe the unspoken rules Look, each follow garbage is generating five daily jobs Two are collecting from door to door One is transporting and two are sorting So, it’s five as the beginning and as their saving indirect jobs, who are recycling paper, plastic, metal, glass each ton of garbage in Cairo is creating two well jobs everyday You see, this bag comes from the garbage It’s also make up This is something for massage You know what kind of massage is this? I don’t know. She knows (laugh) She told me, read it carefully you know, for ladies or men All this things are in the garbage So they sale such this stylee thing that people go to the market and she’s shouting This carries biggest Friday market It’s near the city of rubbish collectors People come to buy gifts for their nearest and dearest and anything else they might need at home No seriously Kyrollos, his parents don’t buy him toys He can find everything that interest him in the dump and that saves money Returning to see Gerges Saad, we meet the butcher shop owner Sameer Fatee It’s hard to imagine swine being kept in a Moslem country but the Cops are Christians and pork is a staple part of their diet Not long ago, pork was banned in Egypt The Muslim brotherhood parliamentary majority decided to have all the life stock in the country kelt Including the Christian pigs of Zabbaleen At that time, Zabbaleen started to sort the organic in downtown and keep it in the container of the multinational companies and the big street of Cairo, so Cairo is very bad smell and dirty This went for two years Then revolution on 21st of January and Egypt, Zabbaleen come back again animals out of the system of the brand minister He is debit your vice capitalism but in the garbage collector is away from Cairo no one care this thing Cairo will be dying Gerges Saad families meet with the pork or beef only once a week, on Sundays That’s meat such an expensive treat it can cost between 50 and 100 Egyptian pounds per kilo That’s 5 to 10 dollars There is a local school in Zabbaleen but not even that can guarantee Kyrollos education will allow him to do anything other than collect and sort rubbish Children study then they Mathematics but refuse all the lessons tend to out away all of the subjects Since the school open, 3 or 4 people have ever manage to escape from the dump every one else has had little choice but to stay, live, and work here There were farmers about 70 years ago left their plant and come here they don’t have any other jobs That so, I want to tell them Yeah, this is your heads They say no, we have our god immunity and so on No, we have health problems more than 42 percent of the community are infected of We have also a lot diseases We pay higher from our health, from our life the average age of mortality is not more than 55 years people are dying so young here

100 thoughts on “Zabbaleen: Trash Town. A whole community in Egypt that lives on rubbish

  1. Their job is not disgusting, it is actually honorable because they recycle rubbish which is good for the environment. Nowadays, we are facing garbage problems and it's good to know that their are some countries that do recycling. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. I donโ€™t see how anyone can look upon these people with disgust or sham they are working, yes itโ€™s dirty, smelly, hard and more likely disgusting but it is work and it is honest work.
    I admire how thereโ€™s no real legislation and they try to solve their problems as peacefully as they can, many people and counties could learn from this.

  3. Hard working people deserve respect, Egypt was fascinating to me beyond the pyramids and temples, great people. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ I hope I can return some day, God Bless.

  4. Mashalah ๐Ÿ™
    Salute to all people in this town
    U deserve the word โ€œrespect โ€œ coz u choose to do hard work than to steal and do bad things๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ur town is pleasant to my eyes than in the city full of fools
    God bless all of u

  5. NO Shameful in honest work,,, shameful for the peolple w/out dreams thier lives,, so….. GOD HELP YOU,,,, GOD BLESSED YOU ALWAYS,,,

  6. I've been here, our hostel offered a tour of garbage city. Me and my cousin expected a tour of a recycling center lol. The smell was really bad we drove through and took pictures at the church on top of the hill. The church was beautiful definitely a humbling experience.

  7. Their government should at least spring for some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for helping keep the cities trash under control. Waste Management here in the USA gets paid a grip for the same job in our cities, just saying…

  8. Everyone seems to accept life with smile but I get very immotional watching this kind of documentary, why it has to be like this.

  9. Anyone els notice at 3.08 he kicks the mirror off the van while he was taken off haha lol๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

  10. it's ironic that we have to separate our life's from work, what we do and the work we do are two different things as we need to build the community for work skills, it true people of that city live for the rubbish, as the rubbish evolve, the machines and the work that collect the rubbish should evolve too .

  11. Imagine you give stool test one day in that medical plastic equipment and that is recycled and now you are eating lasagna on that spoon. Yummmyyy.

  12. Amen in a society full of Muslim itโ€™s good to see my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ because Jesus is the only way!!

  13. He did not wash the meat before putting it into the spices mixture. ๐Ÿคข
    You can be a garbage man but once you cook individually or as a restaurant you need to be extremely clean.
    That is why the mortality rate is high. They hardly reach 55 as mentioned.

  14. ุงู„ู„ุญู…ุฉ ุฑู‚ุฏู‡ุง ููŠ ุงู„ุชุชุจูŠู„ุฉ ุจุฏูˆู† ู…ุง ูŠุบุณู„ู‡ุง. ๐Ÿคข

  15. ALL I can say is
    MAY THE GOD BLESS FOR THOSE PEOPLE NEED HELP๐Ÿ™ they look lack of money but only in this world.. God waiting on themโค

  16. Basically these people are garbage recyclers. I see no shame in this. A days work, equals a days pay. Thier actually helping the environment.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  17. Respect to the entire community! Humility and faith looks good in any community. I Pray for these people and their families.

  18. Work is worship. Atleast they are dealing with their waste. not like Australia, Canara etc sending their waste to developing countries.

  19. Pigs is haram even in the bible the animal which eat their own shit you cooking that…๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›

  20. Christian Egyptian have a better life than Muslims there, but since this is propaganda : they are saying that the Coptic minority is living in a trash town, someone with small knowledge about that region will believe those lies . What hypocrites, like if anyone is caring about Arab christians or the millions of muslims dying every day

  21. its really terrible how arabs destroyed once proud egypt, and pushed real egyptians out into the ghettos. Copts are the real Egyptians, it sucks they follow another version of the same jewish mythology as muslims and jews, but maybe they will eventually come to their senses…

  22. And think about the new General Sisi building his own castles and villa with a huge territory for his family and people are still living eating form the trash living poorness .. good luck with your new dictator that has been supported by the entire world against the first real people experience of election after the dilator Mubark brought down with insurgency

  23. Makes it even harder to hear people talk about how hard they have it here in America. Shame on all of us, some of us do have it rough I will not lie but take their plight and yours and choose. God bless us all.

  24. Well, I guess all that Billions of Sunday Collections cant help these people.
    We need to wake up folks!!!
    If your giving money to your church, where does it go? Where does being a Christian or Muslim or any faith help people in these conditions, why are we allowing money to unknowingly go to those who dont benefit from it the most. United states has 39% of poverty, and its a Christian base country, again I ask, Where is the Money going. Sunday Collections get well into the Billions each year.
    Just saying its time to Ask the questions!

  25. What the hell did they do to that stuffed fox on the table๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ forget the trash, letโ€™s talk about that.

  26. I went to this place once and there was a school named al waha
    And i had a camera with me i was taking photos for the children and playing with them and a kid came to me and said "its my first time that someone take a picture of me, can you put in on social media so i can be famous"
    Please whoever is reading this comment this people needs your help more than anything
    This kids there are living an unhuman life
    And an advice from me you have to visit egypt bcz it is the most beautiful country i have ever visited
    May god bless you all
    Edit: there is a place in this place named high ropes you should visit

  27. You must have balls of steel to breed pigs close to Saudi Arabia , according to what is happening right now in the middle-east .
    I'm not pointing the sunni people living there but the wahhabi branch who's totally evil …

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