claim some victims soon in Cairo's central slum:
years ago, [neighborhood resident Hammad Arabi] says, businessman
Naguib Sawiris was offering between LE3,000 and LE6,000 a square
meter, but residents wouldn't accept the deal. They are well aware
of the land's real value, and know that unless they get it, they
won't be able to move even remotely nearby. Many residents are able
to produce very old documents indicating ownership or prove that
they have established rights to be there.
But, days after the dissolution of Parliament, departure from the
shacks seems to be mandatory. The Cairo Governorate issued a decree
that ordered police to evict the shack-dwellers from their homes.
There is no indication, as yet, of how residents may be re-housed,
although Heba Khalil of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social
Rights believes there will be an attempt to relocate residents to
the remote outskirts of the city.
"It's normal that they wouldn't tell the people in advance of the
eviction. They don't get asked where they want to go. Once such an
order is in place, the police could turn up any day, and that's
it." In the past, such evictions have taken place within a month of
the order being issued, but the current volatile circumstances may
delay its implementation.