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Egypt’s desire to eradicate slums leaves residents displaced

The Egyptian government has relocated dozens of families from the Manshiyet Nasr area after a rockslide, on the pretext that their houses are too damaged, while in reality the government is on a quest to develop Cairo’s slum areas.

CAIRO — Eighteen months behind in rent and unable to pay utility bills, Amr is waiting for the day he is evicted from his apartment — again.

Until four years ago, Amr, 71, was able to make a meager living from his pension of 310 Egyptian pounds ($17.50) and selling clothing materials from his shop in the Razzaz area of the Manshiyet Nasr suburb in southeast Cairo, where he had lived for 40 years.

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