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Cairo Update

Date Written:
  3 March 1998
  Wearing the Carpet Thin
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A short message just to say that not much is happening in Cairo at the moment, as far as I'm concerned anyway! No, Alison still hasn't had the baby.

It's getting difficult waiting, although I'm enjoying doing bits and pieces on the computer and around the house that I don't normally have time to do. I've started to transfer my talks from scrappy pieces of paper into neat- since I've been here I've built up a repertoire of about 20 talks. I've also had time to do those annoying odd-jobs around the house that don't usually have the time of day.

Our date for the baby was on February 27th, but the doctor's date was the 2nd- so either way the baby is now LATE! Oh well, we've been here before . . . (Hannah was 2 weeks late!)

We might need a new carpet after my pacing . . .

Toodle Pip,

Jason, Alison and Hannah

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It's a Fact!

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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