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Egypt’s biggest security threat isn’t ISIS or Al-Qaeda. It’s people having more and more babies

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BABIES “R” US: Egypt’s population is multiplying fast. If current birth rates hold, demographers project its total will hit 150 million by 2050.
ADEL EL-MASRY/AFP/GETTY

MOHSEN SAMIR MOHAMMED never wanted more than four kids, but as his cousins and brothers living down the block in Ezbet Khairallah, one of Cairo’s poorest and most densely populated districts, welcomed son after son— and even insulted his manhood—the amiable 35-year-old started to wonder: Did he have enough children? Annoyed by their taunts, he persuaded his wife to go of birth control. Over the next four years, they added a fifth, sixth and seventh new member of the family.

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