As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
Leader: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Population: 93.4 million (9 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
World Watch List Rank: 22
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
Both the indigenous Coptic community and Muslim-background believers face mounting pressure as Islamist groups become more violent.
In the Sinai region, radical groups operate with impunity and remain a threat to the stability of the country. Elsewhere, unofficial 'customary law sessions' have seen Christians punished for crimes outside of a proper legal process; in June 2015, several Coptic families were expelled from their village after someone was found guilty of publishing pictures against Islam. Christian women are particularly vulnerable, often changing their Christian names to Muslim ones to avoid rape or kidnapping.
- For Muslim-background believers who may be beaten or expelled from their homes, most often by family members, because of their faith
- That members of the families of at least 12 Christians killed by Islamist groups in 2015 would feel God's comfort and healing
- Thank God that through partnerships with local churches, Open Doors is able to support Christians through a variety of literacy and livelihood training projects.
Open Doors in Action:
In cooperation with local churches and other partnering ministries, Open Doors supports the church in Egypt through:
- Literacy training and education projects
- Youth and family ministry
- Advocacy support
- Medical outreach
- Women's empowerment training and ministry to widows.