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All live, never on a floppy disk
Inka, inka, bottle of ink
Paintings of rebellion
Drawn up by the thoughts I think

What the Garbageman Knows



In Cairo, waste collectors, known as zabaleen, work in an informal economy, but they provide a remarkably efficient recycling service and become experts on their neighborhoods. In this week’s issue, Sayyid Ahmed reveals the contradictions of life in modern Egypt to Peter Hessler

Above: Sayyid Ahmed, Cairo. Photograph by Rena Effendi / Institute.