40 per cent of Egypt’s Population Under Age of 18

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On Tuesday the 20th of November 2018, Lama Gebril’s night time talk show “Hona al ‘Asema” commemorated Universal Children’s Day by revealing newly released statistics by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).

According to the new figures, 38.9 million Egyptians are under the age of 18, approximately 40 per cent of the total population. The 0-4 age group have the highest proportion of that figure with 33.9 per cent.

However, a disconcerting statistic was also revealed. According to Egypt Independent, the report also showed that last year, 117,000 children under the age of 18 were or have been married.

The “Al Hayah el Youm” talk show further revealed that those marriages involved mostly teenagers with all of them falling in the 10-17 year age group. “Hona al ‘Asema” reported that around half of these marriages ended in divorce and around half took place in Upper Egypt.

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