May 24, 2009 § 4 Comments
Today is Mubarak’s 81st birthday. To mark this, and to mark the fact that he’s been in power for 28 years – 1/3rd of his lifetime – here’s a list of 28 of the wonderful things which have happened under his beneficent and wise reign rule.
- Seventy killed in the Moqattam Hill rockslide in 1993.
- 37% of Egypt’s urban population live in informal housing
- Three years imprisonment for Kareem Amer
- Four years imprisonment for Ayman Nour
- A five-year battle by Bahais for the right not to have to lie about their faith.
- April 6th 2008: the death of three people in Mahalla killed by the police has not been investigated.
- 85% of rural female household heads are illiterate
- 8.7% unemployment rate
- Laila Haddad and her two kids detained in Cairo Airport for around 30 hours. Because Laila is Palestinian
- Egypt has the highest prevalence of Hepatitis C in the world (roughly 11% of the population)
- 12 – 15 million people live in slum housing
- 45% of Egypt’s female population over 15 can not read
- $50 billion in US aid received since 1979
- 60% of steel market share owned by Ahmed Ezz with government support.
- Between 16,000 – 20,000 people in administrative detention
- Seventeen people die after being tortured in 2005 (The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights http://www.eohr.org)
- Activists detained for 45 days after 2006 peaceful protests against constitutional amendments.
- A 19th century palace, house of the upper house of parliament catches fire on August 18th 2008. A month later on September 27th, a downtown theatre catches fire, the same month as the Beni Suef theatre fire which killed 45 people in 2005.
- February 20th 2002: 370 die in train blaze.
- 20% of population below poverty line
- Twenty-two people convicted in the widely-criticised Mahalla trial. Sentenced to between 3 and 5 years imprisonment.
- Thirty Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees killed when police violently break up the Mostafa Mahmoud sit-in.
- 35% illiteracy rates
- 12,000 people live in graveyards in Egypt
- 2,000,000 cars on the streets of Cairo. 60% over ten years old.
- Seventy-nine cars in Mubarak’s flotilla
- Twenty eight years of emergency rule.