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Egypt

Egypt

World Watch List Rank 16
World Watch List Score 75/100
Leader President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Population 102,941,000 | 16,250,000 Christians
Main Religion Islam
WWL Rank in 2020 16
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

Persecution against Christians in Egypt happens mostly at the community level. Incidents occur most frequently in Upper Egypt, where Salafist movements exert a strong influence on the rural communities due to high levels of illiteracy and poverty. Incidents may vary from Christian women being harassed while walking in the street, to Christian communities being driven out of their homes by extremist mobs. 

Christians from a Muslim background often have great difficulty in living out their faith since they face enormous pressure from their families to return to Islam. The state also makes it impossible for them to get any official recognition of their conversion. 

What changed this year?

Although Egypt’s place in the World Watch List ranking remains unchanged, there has been a slight increase in overall opposition to Christians since last year. Fewer incidents of violence against Christians were reported, but this is offset by an increase in opposition in family, community and church life.    

HOW WE HELP

Working through local churches and partners, Open Doors supports the church in Egypt with literacy training, education, advocacy support, medical care, and youth, family and women’s ministry.   

PRAY FOR EGYPT

  • Pray for the release of all Christians imprisoned or held captive, and for the safety of all Christians as they go about their daily lives.
  • Pray for an end to all false accusations and senseless attacks against Christians, and that there will be an urgency in local police forces to seek justice for all wrongdoing. 
  • Pray that Christians will have courage and wisdom to shine the light of Christ brightly in their communities. 
Pray for Egypt

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Attack on Christians in Egypt

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Egypt: Kidnapping of Christian girls continues unabated

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