Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Taming the River

Accessed August 11, 2009 | Business Today | by Ali El-Bahnasawy

The following is an excerpt from Business Today about the Nile River. Follow the above link to read the full story.

Shouting orders to his crew in a heavy Upper Egyptian accent, barge captain Emam Hussien supervises 300 tons of stone as they are illegally dumped into the Nile. His rusty old barge is resting in a small canal that feeds into what used to be a busy river port called Athar El-Naby near the intersection of the Maadi Corniche and the Ring Road.

The dark-skinned, strongly built Hussien brought the stones to Cairo from Beni Suief, a two-hour trip upriver. He had not worked in two weeks, so when a building owner offered him the job, he did not hesitate.

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