alarm last night!! I was working on the computer and Alison came
through to say that she was having some strong and regular contractions,
then she added "But don't worry, just carry on working and we'll
see what happens after a while . . . ".
thing to say because of course I couldn't possibly carry on with
work after that!! I was pacing with her back and forth and after
about an hour we decided to phone Karen, our mid-wife friend.
(I think that it was about 3am at this stage). After she arrived
the contractions started to ease off and Alison was able to go
to sleep again- Hmm, I wonder how many times THAT has happened
time wasn't completely fruitless. We wondered what we were going
to do with Hannah if we did have to go to the hospital. The original
plan was to leave her some near-by friends who have 4 children
of their own. This had some disadvantages because we would have
to wake up Hannah, take her somewhere and upset her by leaving
her. Well today I phoned my Arabic teacher to ask her if she would
be willing to come over at any time to look after Hannah- she
was only too glad to.
else is quiet. All meetings are cancelled until after the baby
actual due date is the 27th so in theory we could have another
couple of weeks to wait. Alison has a hunch that it will come
sooner rather than later . . .
Alison and Hannah
Return to Cairo
population is 66 Million
is four times the size of the UK
Only 3% of the land can be used for arable crops
has 18 million people and is growing by 1 millon each year.
is the Largest city in Africa and the Middle East
literacy rate is only 45%
total of 11 languages are spoken in Egypt
Debt per person is $790
annual income is $630
is estimated to be 17%
Approx. 85% Muslim and 15% Christian
Christians are affiliated to the Orthodox Church, less than
1% of the population are Protestant
- There are
an estimated 100,000 street children in Egypt