CAIRO: While many stayed home to keep warm during the cold weather, a young boy and his sister were forced to make a shelter out of cloth to protect themselves near a petrol station in Giza’s Dokki neighborhood.
“I lived with my 10-member family on that pavement since 2005,” Mohamed Nasser, 18, told Youm7.
Nasser said that they used to have a home in Deweka (a shanty-town in Cairo), but “thugs” took it over. Despite his family’s attempts to file a claim to take their home back, no progress has been made.
They used to own a kiosk near their home in Dewea 15 years ago, but the city hall administration ordered its removal.
Near Ramsis Communication Center, Abdullah Rashid, 63, a security guard in a company that sells auto parts, was burning wood to keep warm. He said, “I work daily from 10 p.m. till 10 a.m.”
“Despite the bad weather, I’m here to [make] money for living,” he added.
A few meters away, Mohamed Salama, 40, who works as a security guard in a company dealing with the import and export of auto parts, said, “It is very cold this year, more than any other year and I work at night daily. I always get wood to burn it for heating.”
Originally published in Youm7.