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Cairo Update

Date Written:
  23 February 1998
  False Alarm
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False 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 . . . ".

Silly 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 to Karen!

The 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.

Everything else is quiet. All meetings are cancelled until after the baby arrives-

The 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 . . .

Keep you informed,

Jason, Alison and Hannah

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Facts about Egypt:

  • Egypt's population is 66 Million

  • Egypt is four times the size of the UK

  • Only 3% of the land can be used for arable crops

  • Cairo has 18 million people and is growing by 1 millon each year.

  • Cairo is the Largest city in Africa and the Middle East

  • Official literacy rate is only 45%

  • A total of 11 languages are spoken in Egypt

  • Public Debt per person is $790

  • Average annual income is $630

  • Unemployment is estimated to be 17%

  • Religion: Approx. 85% Muslim and 15% Christian

  • Most 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


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