WORLD WATCH LIST

Egypt

#20

Authorities target Christian communities.

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“Even if a terrorist targets the church again, it’d be an honour to die for Jesus.”

– Magid, a believer from Egypt

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
104,692,000
Christian population
16,250,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Score
71
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Christians are typically treated as second-class citizens. The lack of serious law enforcement and the unwillingness of local authorities to protect Christians leave them vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. The dictatorial nature of the regime means Christians feel unable to speak out against these practices.

The persecution of Christians in Egypt commonly occurs at community level. Incidents range from Christian women being harassed while walking in a street to whole communities of Christians being forced to move out of their homes by mobs of Muslim extremists.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

The biggest threat for converts from Islam to Christianity continues to come from family members. Christians from a Muslim background 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.

Christian men are regularly the victims of abduction. This is often carried out to secure a ransom. Female converts from Islam are vulnerable to house arrests, physical abuse, divorce, disinheritance, torture, or even death.

PRAY FOR EGYPT

– Pray for stable and fulfilling work for Christian men, so they can provide for their families.

– Pray for the protection and flourishing of Christian women.

– Pray that God will change the hearts of influential local leaders, to recognise and value the contribution Christians make to society.

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