Ezbet El-Nakhl is what can be called a "slum". A neighborhood built in haste where simple huts are the welcome homeplace of many poor Christian families from southern Egypt who come to Cairo seeking work and a better life.
Among the one million people living in this city, many are ragpickers who roam the megalopolis of Cairo from nightfall to early morning looking for all the waste which can be collected, transported, sorted and recycled.
Volunteers come daily to be with the ragpickers and their children. They are present in their daycare, schools, clinics and dispensaries for disabled people. They share their daily lives and difficulties and create strong bonds with the people there, whilst documenting and publicizing for the people at home, the situation in Egypt.
These ragpickers are known to us thanks to Sister Emmanuelle's great action! At their side for more than 20 years, she alerted French and international public opinion about their living conditions, difficulties and persecution. It is due to her work that since June, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has taken up the torch to help the people of Ezbet El-Nakhl.