A picture taken on December 12, 2017 shows an elevated view of al-Attaba district on the edge of downtown Cairo, Egypt. AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Ali Abdel-Aziz sees children as a "gift from God," so much so that he has 10 of his own, even as Egypt's government struggles to stem a "catastrophic" population boom.With 96 million inhabitants – and 9.4 million expatriates – the Arab world's most populous country adds 1.6 million people every year to its population.At the current rate, Egypt's population will reach 119 million in 2030, according to a May report by the United Nations Population Fund.Abu Bakr al-Gendy, the head of Egypt's state statistics bureau which carried out the latest census, described the current rate of population growth as a "catastrophe".Gendy said the annual rate accelerated between 2005 and 2014, before stabilizing in 2016 at around 2.6 percent.The rate must be at least three times lower than economic growth for people's living standards not to deteriorate, according to Gendy.
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