Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 3
The cotton harvest, with date palms in the background. Picking is still done by hand, for there is no shortage of labor. Where do the youngsters go when they grow up? Some go to high school and even college, but after that the choices are poor. The government is no longer guaranteeing graduates jobs; instead. Instead, under what was called the Mubarak National Program for Graduates, the government set aside about a third of newly reclaimed lands for occupation by unemployed graduates, each of whom, if selected for the program, got five acres free of charge. Given the gap between expectations and what can be earned from five acres, it was a recipe for social unrest.
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