Bones for Meat—Makeshift
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Street-level slaughterhouses stabilize Egypt’s meat market, disrupted each year by Eid al-Adha

— Bones for Meat

Blood runs in the streets
The Cairene sun barely materializes over the roofs of the surrounding buildings as the festivities begin. Children laugh, running after one another, dodging the tributaries of blood that trickle into the streets. Morning prayers ring out above them. A small group of women and men, dressed in their finest clothes, observe the handiwork of one of the thousands of butchers gathered in anticipation of one of the most important Muslim holidays—Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice.

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