Egypt: Khan al Khalili Bazaar

The Khan al Khalili, a medieval bazaar in Cairo dating back to the 14th century, plays an important role in the day-to-day commercial life of thousands of locals.  The small streets are filled with shops where merchants sell unique and exotic items from spices and perfumes to jewelry and souvenirs.  The bazaar has always been a popular stop for tourists; however, with continued political unrest in Egypt the numbers of tourists has greatly declined and the once thriving market is facing difficult economic times.  To read more about the Khan al Khalili be sure to read Betsy's Hiel's story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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