Egypt: International Christian Concern publishes report on persecution of Christians

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On November 14, the organization International Christian Concern published a report on the presence of Christianity in Egypt as well as the persecution affecting Christians in the country.

Un investigation report published by International Christian Concern (ICC) on Tuesday, shows the various persecutions Christians face in Egypt, from Roman times to today.

The Coptic Church has existed for nearly twenty centuries and has been marked by “almost uninterrupted suffering of persecution since its founding,” according to ICC.

The organization precise that since the first century AD, persecution in Egypt has reached “levels close to genocide”, making the Copts “the most persecuted in the history of the world”.

ICC also demonstrates its actions in the country which aim to reduce poverty, which mainly affects Christian minorities being “often marginalized when they try to access social services”. It also aims to preserve churches, often considered "as an affront to Islam" by dominant Islamist groups. 

Ranked 35th in theGlobal Index of Persecution of Christians 2023 from the NGO Portes Ouvertes, Christians in Egypt “are considered second-class inhabitants.” Although they remain "the country's original inhabitants", they remain "vulnerable to attacks by Islamist extremists."

Melanie Boukorras 

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