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 with the Tribune-Review, 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, and in 2013, traveled to Egypt to cover the anniversary of the revolution and to Rome to document the conclave that elected Pope Francis. Merriman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2000 with a degree in English Writing. In 2009, the university awarded him its prestigious Alumnus of Distinction award. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancé, Stephanie Strasburg.

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