City of the Dead – Cairo, Egypt

City-of-the-DeadCity of the Dead (Qarafa, Arafa) is a four mile long cemetery in eastern Cairo, Egypt.  To the people of Cairo and other Egyptians, it is simply el’arafa which means “the cemetery”.  It is a bustling grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead ancestors.  Many residents live here to be near their loved ones, or because they were forced from more crowded areas in Cairo.  Many also came from their villages simply looking for work.

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