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Photo journal: Learning the facts of life in Egypt

Mona al-Kotb, 19, is one of the first ever teenagers in Egypt specially trained to teach their friends the facts of life.

In Egypt the term “sex education” is deeply controversial, school biology lessons often skip reproduction altogether and most teenagers rely on word of mouth to learn the basics about their own bodies.

But in Shibin al-Kom, the capital of the conservative and largely rural province of Munufia, peer educators are breaking the silence on reproductive health.

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