Curator Selection / 2022 / /

Where Faith Moves Mountains

  • Photographer
    Christian Bobst

Garbage City, a slum area on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, is the main center for garbage collectors, known as zabbaleen. The slum has developed an entire economy based on recycling. It is located in Manshiet Nasser, a neighborhood with more than 260,000 inhabitants in about 5 km2, most of whom are Coptic Orthodox Christians. In the heart of the slum, the Copts have built a huge cave church inside the fabled Mokattam Mountain, which is said to have been moved by the power of faith 1,000 years ago. Even today, the Copts here prove that faith can move mountains - at least mountains of garbage.