In 1992, a powerful earthquake hit the city of Cairo, in which 370 lost their lives, many more left injured, and even more were left displaced. Out of that tragedy, thousands of residents picked up and started over, settling in an area which is now the neighborhood of Masaken Alzelzal – Alhadba Alwosta (which can roughly be translated to Earthquake Neighborhood), located near the prominent Mokattam mountain. Now, it is a bustling suburb of the Egyptian capital with a growing population.”

Mokkatam blog tales is a project supported by Rising Voices to work with teenagers from this Cairo neighbourhood, to help them use technology to tell their stories and connect with others around the world.

Mokkatam blog tales is written by the project coordinator Nesma Geiwely. It’s a combination of Cairo stories and encounters with the young people who might be the Egyptian bloggers of the future. Hope that many more Cairo stories will come out of this project!


Check back next week for another Egypt blog, this time from an expat perspective.

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About the author

Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.