EGYPT: Present and Past

By: Anna T., Ellie L., Mariana S., Nathan K., and Aadhar K.

Egypt and The People

  Egypt consists mostly of deserts where no one can live. So nearly half of the population is crammed into a narrow strip along the Nile River, wich brings in a number of problems, such as overcrowding and unemployment. Since the Nile periodically floods, the government in 1956 decided to dam the Nile to control the flooding and have more space for more buildings because of the overcrowded issue mentioned earlier. But because of the dam, the river no longer deposited the rich soil it did during the yearly flooding. So farmers now have to use aritficial fertilizer, which pollute the river. Even though nearly 12 million inhabitants live in highly urbanized areas, almost half the population live in villages scattered across the country. Most of them are Fellahin, or peasant farmers. They are extremely poor, so they live on a simpe diet of bread and beans, which leads to malnutrition and allows diseases to spread easier between them. However, it has been the world's cultural leader for Arabs over a century. It also has lead the region in education and entertainment.

The Toll of Theocracy and Colonization

The Islamic religion in Ancient Egypt has caused many conflicts due to the religion's scripts and due to the heavy use of theocracy. Then, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the British occupation of Egypt then caused many more conflicts, since the Westerners were not appreciating the Egyptian's culture. Now the past wars and all the past conflicts have taken their toll. Today Cairo, Egypts capital, is densely populated with almost half of the population unemployed and the rich earned their way to become rich due to royalty and corruption. As you can see due to religion and colonization Egypt has suffered a great toll that still rises to this day with ongoing conflicts.

Ancient Egyptian Clothing

Ancient Egyptian clothes refer to clothing worn in Ancient Egypt from the end of the Neolithic period (prior to 3100 BC) to the death of Cleopatra Vll in 30 BC. Egyptian clothing was filled with a variety of colors. Adorned with precious gems and jewels, the fashions of Ancient Egyptians were made for not only beauty, but also comfort. Egyptian fashion was created to keep cool while in the hot desert.

Egypt and it's Military Struggles

Egypt for a long time and still today had many conflicts with neighboring countries.In 1948 was the first Arab-Israeli War, fought between The Arabs and Jews. Egypt was partnered with Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and the ALF (Arab Liberation Army). They fought against Israel. They fought because there wsa tension between Arabs and Jews. Israel was victorious.They also fought in the Suez Crisis in 1956, where the UK, France, and Israel wanted to regain western control of the Suez Canal and overthrow Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt's leader.The Egyptians were victorious.They fought in the Gulf War (1990-1991), where Coalation Forces from 34 countries (including Egypt) agains Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait. The Coalation Forces were victorious.Egypt had many other wars other countries, but luckily they have established peace treatis with other countries.