Over 900 families residing in the Bassatine district in Cairo, close to the Jewish cemetery, have seized some 45,000 square meters of land, surrounded it with bricks and naming it the 25 January district.
They are seeking the help of the government to provide them with the necessary infrastructure to develop a livable neighborhood on the land.
“The place has been abandoned for many years, whereas we have no proper houses to live in,” said 27-year-old Mohamed. “So we are squatting on it.”
“My friend and I are planning to open a cafe in the area,” said Reda Dahy.