EGYPT: Death in the Nile

As sweltering Cairo faded into the distance, a troupe of clowns on the old river boat began cavorting on the top deck before the packed crowds of Egyptians escaping the city. Below decks in the 200-ton Dandara were hundreds more on holiday—government agricultural experts and their families, who had chartered the boat for the day, bound for the picnic grounds at the Nile Delta Barrage.

Suddenly the overcrowded boat sprang a hull leak, and a torrent of water gushed through. The Dandara came to a halt in midriver. Crewmen managed to transfer 50...

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