The “Garbage People”: The Faces Behind Cairo’s Giant Trash Problem

Photo courtesy Peter Dench

There are informal economies filling gaps between reality and public or commercial services in every society.

New York once had its black cabs to fill the void between people who needed jobs and those who couldn’t get a taxi. India has “tiffins”, a system of local women preparing and distributing home-cooked meals for hungry workers. And in South…

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