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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 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.
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.