Duweiqa slum residents moved to safer areas: Iskandar
Minister of Environment Laila Iskandar - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Residents of Duweiqa slums in Cairo have been moved to areas far from the hills and cliffs of Moqattam to save them from potential rockslides, Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskandar told Youm7 Sunday.

“Developing the professional abilities of slum residents will contribute to solving their problems and some of them are willing to financially contribute in developing their neighborhoods,” Iskandar said.

Hundreds Duweiqa slum residents were displaced in 2008 after a massive boulder fell from the overlooking Moqattam hill in a landslide, which killed over 100 people. Millions of people are estimated to be living in slum conditions, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Estimates for the number of graveyard dwellers vary widely. According the last comprehensive national census, carried out by CAPMAS in 2006, 2,763 families (10,465 individuals) lived in graveyards throughout Egypt. The center however published a study in March of this year stating that 1.5 million people live in the graveyards.

Slum and cemetery residents continue to live in poor conditions despite the abundance of housing units in the country. These poor residents usually cannot afford the housing units in several urbanized city across Egypt.

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