Cairo to hold 'Miss Cemetery' beauty contest

For inhabitants of necropolis-turned-slum City of the Dead

08 September, 19:09

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, SEPTEMBER 8 - A beauty contest to vote for 'Miss Cemetery' launched in recent days in the Egyptian capital has raised both support and polemics. Several local dailies including Al-Ahram and El-Watan have called it a philanthropic initiative proposed by Egyptian activist Hussein Hassan, that intends to change the image of the very poor girls living in the famous 'City of the Dead' - Cairo's oldest cemetery, which has over the years become a slum.

    Despite criticism, the activist decided to push forward with his project, saying that the idea is to elect a 'Miss Simplicity' from the over 1,000 14-year-old girls that will compete in the contest and who are often ''victims of sexual abuse in the slum'' they live in. Hassan said that the slogan of the competition would be 'You are the queen, despite what surrounds you', in reference to the degradation of the cemetery and the living conditions of the people that live amid mausoleums and tombs.

    The activist added that the final ceremony of the contest will be held in November in Sharm El-Sheik and that the winner will be awarded a trip to Austria funded by Egyptian residents abroad. Many have criticized the idea, saying that only criminals and drug dealers live in the 'City of the Dead', and that slums have nothing to do with beauty. A report drawn up in 2014 by the central statistics institute CAPMAS stated that around 1.5 million Egyptians live in the famous Cairo cemetery, while 8 million live in the 700 other slums throughout the country. (ANSAmed).

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