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Rubbish powers Egypt gospel growth

Where on earth would you find a Christian community making a living out of collecting smelly old rubbish – and one which has built a 20,000-seat church for itself out of almost solid rock?

Iain Taylor

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The 20,000 seat church carved out of the rock

The answer is Cairo, Egypt, and these real life Wombles are the Zabbaleen, or ‘garbage collectors’ in Arabic. They collect about 3,000 tonnes a day of the city’s waste and recycle about 80% of it – a dramatic improvement on most western cities, which barely reach 25%.