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Friday, February 29, 2008

U.S. exchange student denied food in Eygpt

This is a bit scary...

Jonathan McCullum was in excellent health at 155 pounds when he left last summer to spend the school year as an exchange student in Egypt...But when he returned home to Maine just four months later, the 5-foot-9 teenager weighed a mere 97 pounds and was so weak that he struggled to carry his baggage or climb a flight of stairs. Doctors said he was at risk of a heart attack...McCullum says he was denied sufficient food while staying with a family of Coptic Christians, who fast for more than 200 days a year, a regimen unmatched by other Christians....But he does not view the experience as a culture clash. Rather, he said, it reflected mean and stingy treatment by his host family and a language barrier that made it difficult to communicate..."The weight loss concerned me, but I wanted to stick out the whole year," he said in an interview at his family's home outside Augusta...Friends and teachers at his English-speaking school in Egypt urged him to change his host family, but he stayed put after being told that the other home was in a dangerous neighborhood of Alexandria.





Read Here: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/02/28/exchange_student_says_he_was_denied_adequate_food/

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