Cairo: Suicide Rate All Time High Due To Bad Economy

Cairo: Suicide Rate All Time High Due To Bad Economy


A study conducted by Cairo University Poison Control Center revealed that the rate of suicide by poisonous chemicals in Cairo alone hit an all time high record with more than two thousands Egyptians ended their life out of desperation due to bad economy and a staggering rate of unemployment among young people.

According to the study, 2,355 Egyptians committed suicide in 2006 in the capital Cairo alone, with probably an equal number of unreported cases, compared to 1138 reported cases in 2004 and 1163 in 2005. The numbers an unusually high in a country where Muslims constitute a majority of its population and since Islam strongly prohibits suicide and considers it a nullification of the ones” faith.

According to the study, 55 % of those who committed suicide overdosed on drugs, 35 % used insecticides, while 10 % committed suicide through taking other poisonous chemicals.

The survey reported that June of 2006 was the highest in the number of cases of suicide, as it witnessed about 297 cases, while February 2006 was the lowest with only 82 cases.

Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al Nagar, Director of the National Poison Control Center, commented on the survey, confirming that the number of those committing suicide is on the rise especially among young individuals. Dr. Al Nagar attributed the increasing numbers of suicide cases to poverty, unemployment and family problems, considering them the main reasons behind the suicide cases handled by the National Poison Control Center

Dr. Thoraya Abdul Gawaad, a sociology professor at Monofiya University, confirmed that the difficult economic and social conditions facing Egyptians stoked the suicide phenomenon. She added that the youth in particular commit suicide when they cannot fulfill their aspirations or secure a better future.

Dr. Thoraya pointed out that this serious phenomenon can be curbed only by changing the current bad economic and social conditions and eradicating all aspects of corruption to enable the youth to get fair job opportunities that may provide a decent living and a safe future.

Dr. Azza Karim, a professor at the National Center for Social Studies said that the suicide was not like this twenty years ago; however, the harsh life Egyptians are facing is driving many into committing suicide to escape the painful reality that they can”t change, pointing out that such a serious increase in rates of suicide proves that the society