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Egypt promotes birth control to slow population growth

The Egyptian government is launching a series of projects and campaigns to raise awareness about the country’s growing population and the negative impact it has on available resources.
A picture taken on December 12, 2017 shows an elevated view of al-Attaba district on the edge of downtown Cairo, Egypt.
Egypt is the most populated coutry in the Arab world with some 96 million inhabitants and the numbers are rising by 1.6 million every year.  / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images)

Egypt’s growing population has reached over 101 million, an increase of more than 7 million since the last census in 2017, presenting a compelling problem for a country with limited resources.

For decades, the vast majority of Egypt’s population lived along the banks of the Nile River and the Nile Delta, a region that makes up around 7% of the country’s total area of around 1 million square kilometers (386,000 square miles).

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