Egypt: After 35 Years of American Support

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

The United States has been the biggest financial supporter of Egypt for the past thirty-five years. More than thirty of them have been under the presidency of Hosni Mubarak.  

In addition to billions of dollars of military support, US AID  has contributed more billions to education and social welfare programmes. It is shame therefore that after decades of investment, the people of Egypt feel so oppressed by a regime with a reputation for police brutality, electoral fraud and structural government corruption that they have taken to the streets in protest. 

Here is what US AID says about its work in Egypt.

The US Government through the US Agency for International Development [US AID] has made significant contributions over the past thirty years to help improve the quality of life of all Egyptians. Nationwide programmes in health, education, trade facilitation, small and mico-enterprise, tourism and infrastructure development have benefitted Egyptians across the country , especially those in under-served areas. US Economic assistance to Egypt through the United States Agency for International Development has totalled more than $28,500,000,000 since 1975.

Although real improvements have accrued as a result of this support, the people are still less well-educated than the population of Tunisia and earn less than those of Bangladesh or Laos.  See: nationsonline.org

Here are a few more statistics to make you despair of the Mubarak regime… 

Percentage of infants with low birth weight: 13%

Under 5’s Mortality rate: 97th best in the world

Female genital mutilation rate [women aged 15 – 49]: 96%

Child labour male [8 – 14 years] 8%

Child marriage women [a dependent child]: 17%

Gross National Income per capita [2008]: $1,800

Literacy rate: 72%

Males with a good understanding of HIV infection [2003-8]: 18%

Females with a good understanding of HIV infection [2003-8]: 5%

Percentage of people with access to a phone: 40%

Percentage of people with access to the internet: 14%

US aid in 2008: $1,083,000

US aid since 1975: $28,600,000,000…

Isn’t it time the US and the rest of the world stopped funding corrupt regimes just because they have oil or are strategically placed?

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About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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4 Responses to Egypt: After 35 Years of American Support

  1. hugh paxton says:

    Ghastly! Good post. But ghastly. Are you sure the female genital mutilation stats are right? They seem almost impossibly high.

  2. stevehollier says:

    Yes they are but don’t forget they are for the 15 to 49 year olds. Of children born in the last fourteen years, the fugure is [mercifully] much lower. Still 28% though…

  3. stevehollier says:

    Here is a set of comparative statistics:
    http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2010/fgm2010.aspx
    The figures are slightly different from the ones I quoted i.e.
    96% aged 35-39
    81% aged 15-19
    Still it is still pretty disgusting and though the practive was banned in 2007, it is still widely practiced.

  4. Aruba says:

    Thanks in favor of sharing such a nice opinion, piece of writing is pleasant, thats why i have read it fully

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