Theodore MayJuly 11, 2009 08:38Updated May 30, 2010 12:00
BIRQASH, Egypt – It’s a brief moment when a series of journeys collide in a mass of humanity, capitalism and manure. And just hours after it begins, the camel market falls silent.
Thousands of camels and hundreds of camel herders make the journey from Sudan, on foot and by truck, en route to the camel market at Birqash, just north of Cairo.
Camel herders bring the camels, often illegally, across the border with Sudan somewhere along the expansive unguarded desert border.