Egyptian Christians are often victims of social exclusion, and face constant discrimination in areas such as justice, education and basic social services. In rural areas, Christian women have been targeted for abduction and forced marriage. Believers from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities – they may be beaten or expelled from their homes.
Thousands of churches are still awaiting official recognition, and there were dozens of attacks on churches during the 2020 World Watch List reporting period. And yet, even in the face of terrible violence, Christians in Egypt have shown incredible grace and forgiveness - Coptic Christians were even nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their refusal to retaliate.
In Egyptian society, the majority Islamic culture regards Christians as second-class citizens. This view puts Christians at a disadvantage in the political realm and in their dealing with the state. It also creates an environment in which the state is reluctant to respect and enforce the fundamental rights of Christians.
In the face of huge economic, political, social and security challenges, the government of President Sisi seems to spare little regard for basic human rights and democratic pluralism. Thus, religious freedom for Christians is not fully guaranteed.
The level of violence against Christians remains extremely high. Though only one major Islamist attack on Christians was documented during the 12-month period, scattered incidents killed at least 23 Christians and attacked 124. The danger of being accused of blasphemy, followed by mob violence, is always present. Police and other authorities often will side with the accusers and attackers in order to retain public order.
In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors is supporting the church in Egypt through the following activities:
Lord Jesus, thank You for our brothers and sisters in Egypt. May You comfort and provide for all those who have been attacked, or lost loved ones, in recent years. Help Christians who come under attack in their schools, their workplaces, and their family lives to flourish, that others may see Your light and love shining through them.
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Leder: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Befolkning: 101,2 mill.
Kristne: ca. 16,3 mill.
Siste år: 16
Siste år: 76/100
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Egypt 24. juli 2018
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