Tags / suburbia
Traffic jams are very frequent in the subrubs of Cairo, even at night, with the huge amount of toktoks invading the streets as long as they can find customers around. Here the local "zahma" is jamming the road of Shobra El Kheima.
A driver parks his toktok in front of a café, in the streets of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo Egypt). Owners are constantly keeping an eye on their vehicles, as they are their only source of income, and theft is common.
A street view of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt) by night, as seen from the back seat of a toktok. Until midnight the streets are full of life, with people sitting in the cafés or walking through the night markets, but residents complain that after that hour it's not safe to wander around.
A dark road in the suburb of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo,Egypt) as seen from inside a toktok riding in the night. These streets become very dangerous after midnight, when there's no one around and for criminals it's easier to act undisturbed.
Toktoks are seen at night, speeding down the road in the suburb of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). These vehicles have no licence or plate, probably they don't even comply any safety standard, and sometimes are tuned to reach up to 90 km/h, say some of the drivers.
A view of a night street market in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Until midnight the streets are full of life, but when the lights are off it becomes dangerous to walk around in the local areas, mainly because of the lack of police.
A man is seen in the shadows, sitting in the front seat of a toktok in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Local residents complain that there are no policemen patroling the streets, and toktok drivers often take a friend with them when working at night.
A view of one of the streets that branch off Ahram Street (Giza, Egypt) at sunset. Since the revolution police have disappeared from the streets of the suburbs, and many residents complain that it's not safe to go around after dusk.
A view of the area surrounding Ahram Street (Giza, Egypt) as seen from the top of a building. The local areas are home to millions of people in Cairo, but they live completely forgotten by their government, with no hope for change or a better future.
A toktok depot is seen close to Ahram Street in Giza (Egypt). The number of these vehicles on the streets of the suburbs increased dramatically in the last years, without any regulation: no licences or plates, no safety inspections and no insurance.
A toktok drivers shows his knives in a dark alley in the suburb of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Many people here go around with a weapon to defend themselves at night, since security is totally lacking in the local areas. Many drivers say they have been robbed of their vehicles and threatened with guns in the dark of the small alleys.
Two women walk past a smoking pile of garbage, in the local area of Imbaba in Cairo (Egypt). Hundreds of thousands of people live in these suburbs, forgotten by their government that despite promises is unable to provide them with security, jobs or even decent living conditions.
A young toktok driver is seen changing the tire of his vehicle on an unfinished road in Imbaba (Cairo, Egypt). In the local areas streets are often unpaved, causing toktoks to break very often.
A young boy is seen riding his bicyle on an unfinished road in the suburb of Imbaba (Cairo, Egypt) from inside a toktok. Many kids from the suburbs don't go to school, but start to work very early in their lives, sometimes at 6 years old, to earn money to help their families.
A view of the streets of Imbaba (Cairo, Egypt), as seen from the back seat of a toktok. Living conditions in the local areas are very poor, and residents complain that the government has completely forgotten about them since the elections.
A toktok, a three wheeled moto-rickshaw, carries passengers in the suburb of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). These vehicles appeared almost 10 years ago, and have grown massively popular in the overcrowded streets of the local areas.
Two young homeless men sit next to the railway, close to the subway station of Shora El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). The situation of the suburbs, or "local areas," has largely been forgotten by the government.
Islam is 14 and has been driving his rented toktok for five years since his father died. Many of the drivers in the suburbs are schoolboys, some as young as six, and often have difficult family situations.
A young woman walks through a small alley, in the suburb of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). The streets in the local areas are very narrow and often do not fit cars, forcing residents to use other means of transport, such as toktoks.
A family rides in the backseat of a toktok, with Morsi's 2012 presidential campaign posters in the background. People of the local areas have not see any improvement in their life conditions since the revolution: residents complain of high unemployment, dirty streets and rising crime rates.
An Egyptian man is seen crossing a street in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt) while holding some pita bread. Living conditions are difficult in the suburbs -- many live on subsidized bread that costs as low as 1/5 of the official rate.
A toktok is seen behind a pile of trash, with goats and birds feeding from it, in the middle of a main road in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). President Morsi originally made a list of 64 priorities he would address within the first 100 days of his mandate, and some of them regarded the cleanliness of the streets. After almost a year since his inauguration, small improvements have been made in the center of the city, but suburbs have largely been forgotten.
A view from inside a toktok in Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Some drivers own their own vehicle, while others rent the same one every day until they can afford to buy it, but everyone adds their personal touch: mirrors, stickers, lights, and other accessories.
Two mechanics talk with a toktok-driver in front of a workshop in the suburb of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). Many of these vehicles has been running for years on the dilapidated streets of the local area, bringing big business to mechanics.
A horse-cart carrying gas tanks is seen in the middle of the traffic of Shobra El Kheima (Cairo, Egypt). It is easy to sport them nn the suburbs, as they come from outside the city to sell vegetables or looking for random jobs to earn money.