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Video by Karim EL FAWAL , Ygal SAADOUN

Latest update : 2008-11-20

Sister Emmanuelle dedicated 20 years of her life to improving the lives of slum-dwellers in Cairo. FRANCE 24 reporters returned to this impoverished Egyptian area to honour the work of a great humanitarian figure.

This week, FRANCE 24 reporters returned to Moqatam, one of Cairo’s biggest slums made famous by the humanitarian work of the late Sister Emmanuelle.

 

Nicknamed the little sister of the slum-dwellers, Sister Emmanuelle lived and worked with the some of the area’s most disadvantaged people for 20 years, sharing their daily lives and battling to make their living conditions better.

 

Our reporters visited the slum to pay homage to France’s most famous nun. She met slum children condemned to an existence in the most pitiful conditions. These children are often very young and have no other choice than to help their families clear up rubbish, which they then sort through and sell on to foreign multinationals.

 

Most of them cannot read or write and are unlikely to get out of the vicious cycle they are in. Some charities are realising that even if it is impossible to stop the children working altogether, it is still essential to give them access to education.

 

FRANCE 24 joins Chenouda and Samaan, two child rubbish collectors from Moqatam doing the rounds of dustbins in Cairo’s moneyed areas to take to local recycling centres.
 

Date created : 2008-11-06

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