Monday, February 19, 2007

Car 54, Where Are You?


Police are a constant in city life. Every city has them, but there are variations around the world. Egypt has compulsory military service for all young men who are not the only sons in the family, and some of the young men opt to work in the police rather than the standard military. With a respectable population, there are a lot of police officers standing around Cairo, most of them doing just that...standing around. I don't know if there are any special requirements for the police in the camel squad, but I'd imagine that at least they have to have an affinity for camels. They don't patrol downtown anywhere. You are most likely to see hagana (the Arabic name for camel police) in the antiquities areas and around the pyramids of Giza, which is where this shot was taken.

5 comments:

pastorrick said...

Very interesting. Who would of ever thought there are police on camels.

Jean said...

Now this looks like Cairo outskirts. Yesterday's beefcake
photo was very popular.

Mandy said...

The Egyptian equivalent of the Canadian mounties eh!

Victoria said...

Police riding camels? I've never seen that before. I guess it makes as much sense as a police officer on a horse...Great shot.

PPL said...

Interesting.