A year after their houses were demolished by the Egyptian government, the residents of Kafr Elw were given housing in the Muthalath neighbourhood of Helwan. Their plight began when the government decided to demolish their houses with bulldozers and usurp the land 'for the good of the country'. The men were imprisoned to make the demolition process easier and the families were told to go find somewhere else to live. Finally after a year of continous protests by the residents in front of several governmental offices, the residents were given these apartments in Helwan. Of course this is not the first such case and will not be the last. This gentrification process is ongoing, as big business men, big hotels and the like expand and forcibly take over locations at the expense of the often very poor inhabitants. The residents of Kafr Elw will hopefully set a precedent for others who will also find themselves in the street at the hands of Hosni and his buddies.
3arabawy taking photos of the Kafr Elw residents in their new flat.