Egypt’s local digest Oct. 14: 3rd child betrothral in Dakhalia triggers anger among rights groups
Child betrothral in Dakhalia. Photo run on Youm7.

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3rd child betrothral in Dakhalia triggers anger among rights groups

A child betrothral held in Dakahlia has triggered backlash among rights groups as the governorate sees its third similar incident this year.

Youssef Naser, 12yrs was engaged to be married to Reda Mohamed, 11yrs, and his cousin on Thursday in a huge party that included six belly dancers and a number of singers, according to Youm7.

Youssef’s father said that “movies and facebook have turned children into adults,” adding that both kids are in love with eachothers, “so why don’t we preserve their love since early age, make them grow together and be happy forever.”

In July, a report was filed about an incident of a betrothal of a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old girl in Maasarah Village in Dakahlia governorate, Mohamed Nazmy, director of general department of child helpline at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, told Youm7.

According to figures by the Ministry of Population, 15 percent of marriages in Egypt are child marriages; UNICEF defines marriage under the age of 18 as child marriage.


GAFTA welcomes Egypt’s move to allow 0.05% ergot in imported wheat

Egyptian embassy in Rome received a message from the Jaine Chisholm Caunt, the director of The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA,) where she welcomed Egypt’s decision to allow 0.05 percent pf ergot in imported wheat, Youm7 reported.

The international association includes 1,635 members of 94 countries worldwide, and aims to boost international trade in agricultural items.


Raging Tuk-Tuk driver bashes Egypt economy, video goes viral

CAIRO (AP) — A video of an enraged tuk-tuk driver unloading on the state of Egypt’s flagging economy went viral on Thursday, underlining growing popular discontent in the country over shortages of food staples and broader business malaise.

Filmed in the crowded lanes of a working class Cairo neighborhood, the video shows the driver, surrounded by crowds, slamming the government for spending money on pomp at recent state ceremonies while the poor suffer.

“You watch Egypt on television and it’s like Vienna, you go out on the street and it’s like Somalia’s cousin,” he says in the clip, originally aired on Wednesday night on the pro-government Al Hayat television channel.

By Thursday evening it had gained some 2.2 million views and 62,000 likes on one Facebook page, with thousands more added each hour to the criticism-heavy footage, rare to be broadcast on television.

In a sign of how sensitive the matter is, the network quickly pulled the video from its own media sites. Egypt has a long history of suppressing news that can be seen as damaging to its image, a trend that has intensified under the rule of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

El-Sissi, a former general and army chief, overthrew his elected but divisive Islamist predecessor in 2013, stamping out opposition and dissent with thousands jailed – but also promising stability and a better economy for all.

In more recent months, however, el-Sissi has urged belt-tightening in this country of over 90 million people, ahead of austerity measures, a currency devaluation and price hikes needed to obtain a crucial bailout by the International Monetary Fund.

The $12 billion bailout loan aimed at supporting the government’s reform package has yet to be finalized, but approval by the IMF’s board could come as early as next week if the conditions are met, hopefully paving the way for sustainable economic growth that generates jobs for the country’s surging population.

But for the unnamed driver of the motorized rickshaw, recent shortages of staples such as rice, sugar and oil – some due to a shortage of dollars in the country and the plunging black market value of the Egyptian pound – could be traced to the policies of Egypt’s uncontested leader.

“Before the president was elected we had enough sugar, coffee, and rice,” he said. “What happened?”


Cairo sees warm weather of 32°C Friday

Official forecasters expected a warm weather to prevail in Cairo Friday, with the temperaure recording highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C.

The temperature hits high in Upper Egypt governorates during the day hours, reaching 41°C in Aswan and 39°C in Luxor; it is expected to get colder at night.


German Youth delegation to visit Cairo for culture exchange

A German youth delegation is expected to visit Cairo during the period from Oct. 15 to 25 for culture and expertise exchange between professionals working in the field of social welfare, Youm7 reported.

The visit is part of a signed protocol between the Ministry of Social Solidairy and the Kreis Offenbach; a distrcit in Germany, aiming to share experiences on solving social problems of the young people.

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