The Bad Disease: Inside Egypt’s Children’s Cancer Hospital

December 07, 2014

Egypt 57357

Behind the ancient mosques, apartments, and historic coffee shops in the Cairo neighborhood Sayyida Zeinab is something new and unexpected: a children’s cancer hospital built on the old bones of a defunct slaughterhouse, Foreign Affairs reports in a story on the partnership between Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s and Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt. During the unpredictable weeks before and after Hosni Mubarak was ousted, looters set fires, overturned cars, and broke windows, but they drifted away from the hospital. One night, when a small crowd did rush the hospital, the butchers—those who had lived in the neighborhood for generations—gathered with their cutlery to protect the hospital gates.

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