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Egyptian Gazette: Upper Egyptians dream of better tomorrow

Poverty, unemployment, ignorance and lack of healthcare are some of the problems from which millions of the Egyptian people are suffering.
27.05.12 | Interesting article at Egyptian Gazette

Developing Upper Egypt is one of the most important challenges facing the next President of Egypt, after the country’s first real presidential elections.
Egyptians want a leader who can achieve their dreams; Upper Egyptians want a president who can give them new jobs, schools and hospitals for the poor, and a higher standard living.

Upper Egypt includes eight governorates: Assiut, Sohag, Beni Sueif, Fayoum, Qena, Aswan, Luxor and el-Minya.

There are about 31 million citizens are living in these governorates, 68 per cent of them below the poverty line, according to reports.

Luxor and Aswan governorates have suffered a decline in tourism, especially after the revolution, affecting people’s incomes there, while the other governorates are facing poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and increasing child disease because healthcare has been neglected.

“For years, Egyptians have been migrating from Upper Egypt to Cairo and Alexandria in search of jobs, but this has led to overpopulation in these big cities.

“This migration has been increasing since the revolution, because of the lack of production and growing unemployment in Upper Egypt,” says Samia el-Gendi, a professor of sociology at Helwan University, adding that Upper Egypt’s governorates should be one of the priorities of the next President.