The silence of Siwa



Residents of Siwa have been hurt by declining tourism in Egypt, which received 9.5 million tourists last year, down from over 14.7 million tourists in 2010, before the uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nationwide, the situation is gradually improving and the government says tourism could recover to pre-crisis levels next year if regional turmoil spares Egypt. But Siwa, located just 50 km (30 miles) from war-torn Libya, still sees only a fraction of the tourists that once visited the desert oasis, the head of Siwa’s tourism authority says.

Reuters photographer Asmaa Waguih’s pictures hint to a quieter Egyptian landscape where locals patiently await the trickle of tourism which often follows poltical stability. Time will tell how the town of Siwa fares during the new chapter in Egypt’s history.

Photos by Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

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