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City of the Dead

The Cairo Necropolis is a cemetery covering four miles in Cairo, Egypt. It is a dense grid of tomb and mausoleum structures which house the graves of the deceased. Many of the inhabitants choose to live there to be close to their relatives. However, more than half a million inhabitants exist due to homelessness as a result of unemployment, overpopulation and earthquakes. Generations of families live there, some people living their entire lives with the dead.

The Necropolis is an active cemetery and burials still take place as inhabitants watch on. It is illegal to live there yet the government has given up on evictions, and now many of the buildings within the cemetery have running water and electricity. Within are bakery shops, cafés and markets, and as with all small cities there is crime.