Egypt's Population Hits 100 Million

(New York Times) Declan Walsh - Egypt's 100 millionth citizen was born on Tuesday, according to a giant counter outside the country's national statistics agency in Cairo. This comes at a moment when the country is gripped by worries that its exploding population will exacerbate poverty and unemployment, and contribute to the scarcity of basic resources like land and water. President el-Sisi has described population growth as a threat to national security on a par with terrorism, but a public health campaign called "Two Is Enough" to persuade parents to have fewer children has failed.

2020-02-12 00:00:00

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