A Syrian refugee prepares coffee at the back of an improvised food truck in Cairo. AFP / Mohamed el-Shahed
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Syrians get by with illegal Cairo drink vansAt the wheel of his van, Syrian Abu Wadie crisscrossed a Cairo suburb in search of a discreet spot to hawk hot drinks far from the roving eyes of inspectors. In May, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ratified a law regulating mobile drinks vans, setting a license fee of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($275) per year.The more than 130,000 Syrians represent 55 percent of Egypt's U.N.-registered refugees.A few weeks after he set up shop, Hasan had his vehicle and goods seized. He was lucky to pay just 4,000 Egyptian pounds to get his van back a relatively modest fine but still a hefty amount for a refugee.
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