Saturday, October 16, 2010

EXPERIENCE the World of Those Living in Cairo's City of the Deads

Welcome to our blog about Living in Cairo's City of the Dead. Actually, this will be the story of The City's residents as seen and heard through their own eyes and ears.

This is a groundbreaking international project in which local citizens are trained in photography, picture research, video, graphic arts, interviewing and writing so they become empowered to tell their own stories and otherwise define themselves.

Too often, indigenous people are defined (often improperly) by outsiders. As a consequence, we only get to know the impressions that others have of them as if their voices don't matter.

The founders of this project are providing the skills training, equipment and other resources necessary for participating residents to present a detailed, accurate and unique glimpse into slices of their lives in one of the world's largest and oldest cemeteries.

This project is a collaboration between the Italian NGO "Live in Slums", the American University in Cairo Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement and the On Line Africa Knowledge Foundation, whose magazine/ e-zine project "Treasures of Africa and the Middle East" (TAME) will initially publish these stories.

We invite you to visit this site often to check our progress and "experience" these incredible and insighful stories as you get a sense of what it is like to be among those who are LIVING IN CAIRO'S CITY OF THE DEADS.