National Geographic : 2009 Mar
from the restaurants to the casino, bar, and discotheque. Everyone celebrated Sinai-related holidays on this weekend: The Egyptians re- membered their army s thrust into the peninsu- la in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the Israelis commemorated their ancestors biblical journey through the desert. In recent years people had taken to calling this coast the Red Sea Riviera. It embraced a decadence and an abandon that set it apart from the rest of Egypt. e Israeli border lay just a few yards away. Beyond it, in Elat, o -duty re ghter Shachar Zaid emerged from a movie theater where he and his wife had just watched an American lm about re ghters. at s when a mu ed sound rolled through the town: whomp. Zaid ran with his wife toward the sound, toward the border. Along the way he met his Matthew Teague is a sta writer for Philadelphia Magazine. Matt Moyer has lived in Cairo, where he photographed the plight of child laborers.