Life In Egypt Today
In November 2010, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson took a look at what life was like in the Arab world's most populous country.
Children play near their home in the Duweika area of Cairo. A growing majority of Egypt's population is scraping by on less than $100 a month and can only afford to live in shantytowns and tents.
Hosni Mubarak is Egypt's longest serving ruler since the mid-19th century. But not all Egyptians are happy that he may run for president again next year. After 29 years under Mubarak, many Egyptians are fed up with enduring poverty and police abuses.
November 23, 2010 Nearly 30 years in office, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has become a strong proponent of a market economy. Only vestiges remain of the state socialism that once defined Egypt. But the economy has unusual elements, at least to the Western eye.
November 24, 2010 The people have grown cynical over the years and no longer get their hopes up when government officials and journalists come around to ask about life here.
November 26, 2010 The president is not on Sunday's ballot in Egypt — it is a vote to choose a new parliament. But the campaign has been dominated by questions of whether Hosni Mubarak will run again next year, and whether anyone can break the ruling party's lock on power.
February 11, 2012 Egypt has faced deteriorating security and a surge in crime since the popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak a year ago. The country's military rulers have yet to transfer power to civilian rule, and though many are proud of the revolution, some argue Egypt is not much better off than it was under Mubarak.