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In the sprawling Cairo Necropolis, known as the City of the Dead, life and death are side by side. Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of greater Cairo estimated at about 20 million, people count themselves lucky to have a place to call home in the graveyards that date back hundreds of years.

A boy plays near tombstones in the Cairo Necropolis Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A man sleeps between tombstones in front of his single-room home on a hot night in the Cairo Necropolis, Egypt. In the sprawling Cairo Necropolis, known as the City of the Dead, life and death are side by side.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A child runs past a tombstone in the Cairo Necropolis, Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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Laundry is hung out to dry in the Cairo Necropolis, Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A family poses in their home in the Cairo Necropolis, Egypt. Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of greater Cairo estimated at about 20 million, people count themselves lucky to have a place to call home in the graveyards that date back hundreds of years.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A caretaker digs a grave in preperation for a burial in the Cairo Necropolis, Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A woman washes clothes in front of the small room where she lives in the cemetery area east of Cairo, Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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Cairo Necropolis, Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A girl plays around tombstones in the Cairo Necropolis Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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A resident watches as people carry a coffin in the Cairo Necropolis, Egypt.Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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