Egypt is the Arab world’s most populous country, with 96 million inhabitants, which is expected to reach 119 million in 2030. Egypt is mostly uninhabitable desert, so people are concentrated near the Nile. Many Egyptians view children as caretakers for their parents in old age. Poor families view children as sources of income. The standard of living is declining, and the government is promoting the slogan “two is enough.”
Coptic Christian churches across Egypt are canceling their Easter celebrations as they mourn the death of 47 people who were killed in two churches by ISIS bombs. Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi is using the tragedy as an excuse for a vast increase in government power, declaring a 3-month state of emergency.