Egypt restores 484 artefacts from abroad: Antiquities Minister
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held on Saturday a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Esmail and Antiquities Minister Khaled Anani to discuss recent Egyptian archaeological discoveries and artefacts recently restored from foreign countries. According to a statement released from the presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef, the Antiquities Minister stated that Egypt managed recently to restore 484 artefacts from different countries.
The Egyptian Antiques Ministry has recently established a database for Egyptian antiques, in addition to finalizing a draft law that will impose strict punitive measures against people involved in looting antiques or harassing tourists. In foreign media coverage regarding the recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt, Anani said that there is a great interest from foreign media in shedding light on these discoveries, adding that there are 237 foreign archaeological missions from over 20 countries in Egypt.
Regarding updates on the site of the Egyptian Grand Museum, the statement stated that workers are currently transferring invaluable artefacts and statues to the premises, which will pave the way for the museum’s inauguration in April 2018. Meanwhile, the Antiques Minister highlighted during the meeting recent archaeological discoveries that were unveiled, such as a royal statue in Cairo’s district of Mataryia and a Pharaonic tomb in Luxor.
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600,000 Egyptian Women Get Married Before Age of Consent: Study
A study conducted by the International Population Council, the National Council for Population and Development and Assiut University on rates of early marriage in upper Egypt has revealed that about 600,000 women have been married before reaching 18 years old in 2015-2016.
The study titled “Towards policies and programs based on scientific evidence to demolish early marriage in Egypt”, states that the average age of marriage in Egypt is 20 for females and 26 for males. Yet, the problem of early marriage is still exaggerating in rural areas in Upper Egypt, according to the privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm. Egyptian law bans marriage under 18.
The study has further revealed that one-quarter of married women aged 25 to 29 in Egypt have married under 18, and this percentage rises to 33.3 percent in rural areas. However, 3.7 of girls currently under 18 are already married and 5.2 percent are engaged. These percentages represent about 250,000 girls.
The study added that there are several dangers caused by early marriages, both health and societal dangers. Early marriage deprives girls of their right to education and work, also increases the possibility of domestic violence and leads to poverty. Also, girls who get married at an early age often have miscarriage and stillbirth.
The laws of the land don’t always match reality ………….!
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