Today we will completely devote to Egypt and its intercultural and inter-religious background, as well as socio-political instability.
Therefore, this article combined with photo-essay by Claudia Wiens is more than appreciated within intercultural dialogue and better understanding of the modern Middle East, Egypt particularly.
Leprosy Colony Abu Zaabal in Egypt
Although leprosy is on the verge of extinction and many people totally forgot about this disease, there are still some leprosaria or leprosy colonies as they are often called. This is not a story about suffering and misery, but rather about a strange micro-cosmos, a place unknown to most people: the leprosy colony Abu Zaabal in Qalyoubiya, 40km north of Cairo. All tourists that fly into Cairocould see it from above as it is quite close to the airport if they would know that it is there. About 750 patients are still living there, and another 3,000-4,000 cured lepers are living in the adjoining Abdel Moneim Riad village.
The full material could be found in the author's blog: http://claudiawiens.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/leprosy-colony-abu-zaabal-in-egypt/