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Young Egyptians trudge through mud to clean up the Nile

Reuters , Tuesday 12 Feb 2019
Cleaning up the Nile
Egyptian youth volunteers collect waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)
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Hundreds of young Egyptians, including actress Mai El Gheity, trudged through the mud on the banks of the River Nile to collect tonnes of old plastic bags, bottles and other rubbish.

The teens and twenty-somethings also climbed into boats to reach trash floating through the center of Cairo during the “Youth for the Nile” clean-up - a program backed by the government and other groups to raise awareness of pollution.

A volunteer collects waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by
A volunteer collects waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. (Reuters)

Volunteer Dai Soliman worked on as people watched from a bridge.

“Those people above looking at us must have thought that they threw something in, and now there are some people who are collecting their garbage. So this is awareness, it is direct awareness in action,” she said.

Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egypt
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Egypt's Environment Minister, carries bags of plastic waste during a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019.(Reuters)

The teams, most wearing the scheme’s white boots and blue and yellow gloves, collected three to four tonnes of waste on Saturday, the environment ministry said.

A report issued last year by the government’s Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency said 150 million tonnes of industrial waste end up in the Nile every year.

Similar clean-ups are scheduled in Luxor, Aswan, Assiut and other provinces through the rest of the year.

Actor Mai El Gheity collects waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the river Nile by t
Actor Mai El Gheity collects waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the river Nile by the ministry of environment in cooperation with Verynile and Greenish initiatives, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. (Reuters)

Egyptian youth volunteers collect waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River
Egyptian youth volunteers collect waste and plastic as part of a campaign to clean up the Nile River sponsored by Egypt's environment ministry in cooperation with VeryNile and Greenish, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. (Reuters)

A cattle egret drinks water in the Nile River, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. (Reuters)
A cattle egret drinks water in the Nile River, in Cairo, Egypt February 10, 2019. (Reuters)

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