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A Love-Hate Relationship with Cairo, Egypt

February 5, 2018

I’m originally from a small North-East European country called Estonia with a total population of 1.3 million people. I have been studying and living in Europe for a couple of years now and I’m currently pursuing my master’s degree in Paris, France. As part of our degree, we are required to spend one semester abroad, either working or studying. Because Cairo is the regional center for the World Health Organization and my concentration fields are the Middle East and Global Health, I was immediately drawn to Egypt. Thus, I started my internship at the World Health Organization and lived in Heliopolis, Cairo, for 6 months. During this time I developed some serious likes and dislikes that I would like to share with you. 1- Hate: Environmental Issues Cairo’s air is one of the most polluted in the Middle East and North Africa. According to a study published in Nature, Cairo ranks the 7th deadliest city in the world for air pollution. Practically, this meant that most of the days I did not see blue sky in the city. Instead, it was grey, smoggy and it was hard to breathe. Not…

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