Islam Marei’s voice cuts the silence of Giza’s empty streets, bringing back some of its pre-pandemic clamor. He plays the distinctive flute of cotton candy sellers, hoping to get the attention of the children who are now confined to their houses. To read the full report: click hereContinue Reading

In the Cairo neighborhood of Manshiyet Nasser, daily life is carrying on as normal. Despite government measures to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus, work in this neighborhood known as a residential hub for the city’s garbage collectors continues: residents crowd the area, vegetable vendors hawk their productsContinue Reading

The COVID-19 pandemic officially arrived during the spring term. It was a matter of weeks before schools were suspended. Within a few more, the government announced that schools would be closed until the end of the year. Many parents who had already paid tuition fees for private schooling through theContinue Reading

Like many other laborers, delivery workers are not able to practice social distancing during the pandemic. Yet, they bear the brunt of protecting those who use their service —  largely middle and upper-class citizens — from risking their health while shopping in stores filled with people, at a time whenContinue Reading

Despite the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on Egypt’s economy, the Cabinet appears set to keep social spending level in the budget for the new fiscal year. The first snapshot of the state budget for the FY 2020/21, which is set to begin July 1, came on AprilContinue Reading

Kareem al-Suwaify, a 32-year-old paramedic from Beni Suef, is riding with a COVID-19 patient in the back of an ambulance. He is exhausted, but there is still a long way to go until they reach the designated hospital in a faraway city. It is in these moments, as he sitsContinue Reading