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Graveyard, slum, playground

By Liam StackCorrespondent / March 19, 2009



Reporters on the Job: I first visited the Egyptian slum of Duweiqa one day after a deadly rock slide in September, when one side of a cliff collapsed into the neighborhood. The slum was being evacuated in anticipation of its imminent demolition, and confused, angry residents were streaming down the road.

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When I returned for today’s story (read it here), more than six months after the slide, families were still living there, even after the neighborhood had been bulldozed and covered with sand. They treat it as a mass grave, but the local children still come here to build sand castles.

A little girl, Farah, offered to dig up human bones to show us what had happened. What struck me was the ability of people to survive and adapt to even the most horrific events.

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