Cairo’s ‘garbage people,’ dumped again
First they drove them out of their homes and into the garbage, then they killed their pigs, and now they are burning their churches. In between they kidnapped their children, raped them and forcibly converted them to Islam. Â Egypt’s remaining Christians are being systematically wiped out.
The ‘Zabaleen,’ the mostly Coptic Christians who famously live in and off of Cairo’s garbage, are reeling from a recent attack in which nine people from the neighborhood were killed.
ByÂ Amira Hass
On Tuesday evening, when hundreds or even a few thousand Cairenes attacked a mainly Coptic neighborhood they were not surprised to be met, in the streets and courtyards, and in the homes they invaded, by mountains of garbage. Some was scattered around outside, some was already wrapped up. Cloth, scrap metal, plastic and glass bottles, bits of rotting food. On Thursday morning the same sights greeted the 5,000 or so people – mainly Copts – who attended the funeral for the nine victims of the attack: males from the neighborhood, between the ages of 12 and 35. The cortege of vehicles crawled through the narrow streets and to the stone Samaan el-Kharaz Church at the top of the cliff.
One activist in the Tahrir Square movement, who is not Coptic, reported that the funeral was the first time since the Egyptian uprising began on January 25 that she sensed the revolution might fail.
The cliff is part of the Mokattam Ridge, as is Zabaleen (garbage collectors ), which is the name given both to this neighborhood and to the 66,000 souls (including some 2,000 Moslems ) who live and work here.
A monastery employee told Haaretz that the profession came about “in the days of the British, whose army camps created much garbage. Our families came to Cairo from the south. They gathered waste to feed their pigs, sorting out the food scraps from the paper – the start of waste sorting. The British also liked pork, so gradually our families began to collect garbage from other places, too, and expanded the business.”
Another version traces the Zabaleen to a Bedouin tribe that collected waste from Cairo households in the early 20th century. They turned the organic waste into dried cakes that could be burned for fuel, and sold them for use in public baths and private homes. In the 1930s, when kerosene became widely available, they looked for other clients and found the Copts, who were landless and raised pigs. Decades before recycling caught on around the world the Zabaleen were sorting paper, glass, iron, tin, cloth, plastic and bones. At first they bought the waste from the Bedouin, but gradually took over the task of collecting the garbage, eventually collecting about a third of Cairo’s waste (now estimated at 10,000 tons a day ), and recycling 80 percent of it. Continue reading, here>>>
The Western cheerleaders for the Islamic revolution will be sobering up soon, any day now:
Islamists see corruption-free Egypt
Flying pigs anyone?
“When we talk about the slogans of the revolution — freedom, social justice, equality — all of these are in the sharia (Islamic law),” Erian said. “This revolution called for what the Islamic sharia calls for,” he added.
Oh Muslims, do not take the Jews or Christians as friends or protectors:
Since the fall of the Mubarak regime, protesters have seized thousands of documents from State Security Agency offices. The Muslim Brotherhood hasÂ also availed itself of the opportunity to seek out and destroy files on their activities, with groups linked to the organization reportedly storming police stations and other offices.
ThisÂ would not at all be the first time the State Security Agency has been complicit in the persecution of Christians.
The Muslim Brotherhood will point to this evidence and say they, as an Islamic group, would do a better job of “protecting” (wink-wink) the Copts, and those who have been sold a bill of goods on the Ikhwan’s supposed “moderation” and “nonviolence” will be in for an awful surprise. “Egypt unsure what to do about trove of security documents,” by Hannah Alam and Mohammed Sabry forÂ McClatchy Newspapers, March 7: