11/14/2023 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – ICC has released a report detailing the influence and presence of Christianity in Egypt for thousands of years, namely Coptic Christianity, and the nature of persecution this historic community has faced.
Being nearly twenty centuries old, Coptic Christianity has endured an almost unbroken sufferance from persecution since its inception – and we continue to witness this persecution in the present day. Reports of persecution since the first century have reached “near genocide levels” and render Copts the most persecuted ethno-religious sect in world history.
The report highlights accounts of persecution in Egypt, from the time of Roman rule to the Islamic conquest of Egypt and even under the present leadership of President Sisi today. Copts have been defaced by injustice and supremely inhumane acts, which are central to both the biblical and present-day accounts of Christian persecution – and so in these persecuted faces, we see the faces of Paul and the other martyrs delivered by Christian history.
The report also highlights two areas relevant to the ongoing work of International Christian Concern (ICC) and our partners in Egypt: education and the destruction of religious sites. These areas are of direct concern to ICC with the establishment of our poverty alleviation and education provision initiative, Hope House, started in 2017, as well as our support and collaboration with local Christian communities to restore and prevent physical damage to church infrastructure.
To read the full report, click here.
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