Egypt: Preservationists warn many historic sites in Old Cairo face destruction without more government intervention

CAIRO -- In a sandy lot in Manshiet Nasser, one of Cairo’s largest slums, barefoot children play amid crumbling 15th-century tombs and mausoleums blackened by burning trash. What was once a graveyard with intricate historic monuments is now in ruins, a testament to the crushing poverty that surrounds it.

Omneya Abdel Barr, an Egyptian conservation architect and activist, shades her eyes from the sun and assesses the dire state of the centuries-old tombs, shaking her head.

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