Gamalat al Banna, 50, begs for money in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, October 11, 2007. She said she begs to cover medical expenses. In the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ends this week, the number of beggars increases exponentially throughout the Muslim world, prompting government crackdowns on networks of professional panhandlers. (Miret el Naggar/MCT)
Gamalat al Banna, 50, begs for money in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, October 11, 2007. She said she begs to cover medical expenses. In the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ends this week, the number of beggars increases exponentially throughout the Muslim world, prompting government crackdowns on networks of professional panhandlers. (Miret el Naggar/MCT) MCT
Gamalat al Banna, 50, begs for money in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, October 11, 2007. She said she begs to cover medical expenses. In the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ends this week, the number of beggars increases exponentially throughout the Muslim world, prompting government crackdowns on networks of professional panhandlers. (Miret el Naggar/MCT) MCT

Some Ramadan beggars aren't that innocent, or that poor

October 11, 2007 4:52 PM