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Photographer: Laura El-Tantawy
Title: In the Shadow of the Pyramids: EGYPT
Location: Cairo, Egypt

A woman wears the hijab (sheer fabric covering her neck and hair) at al-Azhar Park in Old Cairo. The influx of women covering their hair in Egypt is a sign of a country in turmoil over its identity. The famous Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz once said: “If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion." Over the last 10 years many women have chosen to adopt the hijab. For some, it was a way to get closer to their faith, but for many, it was a silent but desperate cry for help against poverty, corruption and low quality of life.

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