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Sewer Lids Expose Cairo’s Century-Old Social Hierarchies

CAIRO, EGYPT (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SEWER COVER PROTOTYPE ON DISPLAY AT EXHIBITION CRESCENT AND STARS PRINT ON SEWER COVER VARIOUS OF SIGN READING (English): "Cairo sewer covers exhibition" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ARTIST AND TEACHING ASSISTANT AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO, SALMA NASSAR, SAYING: "The sewer is the conscience of the city . This is something that is very political. This goes back to the history of who was first granted the sewage service, who the service was first planned and operated for. This was first granted to the strand of 100,000 people living in Cairo at the time. 50,000 of them were foreigners, and 50,000 of them were wealthy Egyptians. As such, the priority was always given to the upper class." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT SEWER PHOTOGRAPHS MAN LOOKING AT SEWER COVER PHOTOGRAPH LOCATION OF SEWER COVER ON MAP PEOPLE LOOKING AT SEWER COVER PROTOTYPE MAN LOOKING AT SEWER COVER PROTOTYPE SEWER COVER PROTOTYPE MAN LOOKING AT SEWER COVER PROTOTYPE SEWER COVER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ARTIST AND TEACHING ASSISTANT AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO, SALMA NASSAR, SAYING: "This sewer cover can also explain to us what types of information sewer covers in Cairo or in Egypt can provide us. The first thing is, who established the sewer where it was found, its date - and usually there is a symbol and a date written, such as 1950, 1952, etc. So, this is an example of the kind of information that the sewer cover can give us."

Sewer Lids Expose Cairo’s Century-Old Social Hierarchies

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By: Reuters

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