Egypt’s Christians are living through a painful moment as their country struggles to reconcile its Muslim minority and its majority Muslim majority.
The Coptic Christian community is facing growing anti-Muslim sentiment and persecution from Islamists, including the Islamic State (ISIS), in the wake of the deadly attack in the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo on Oct. 9 that killed more than 100 people and injured more than 300.
“There are Christians living in a difficult situation, in a country where Christians are discriminated against and the government is persecuting Christians,” said Mohamed, a Coptic Orthodox Christian in Cairo.
Mohamed, whose family fled Egypt in the 1970s, said he was worried about what would happen to his family if ISIS came to power.
“I know what happened to my family, my brother and my sister,” Mohamed said.
Coptic Christians have long been the target of violence, especially during the reign of dictator Hosni Mubarak. “
The government has given us all the death certificates for the Christians.”
Coptic Christians have long been the target of violence, especially during the reign of dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The government in Egypt and the Islamic militant group ISIS have accused each other of trying to topple the Egyptian government and replace it with a Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists, who make up about 90% of Egypt’s population, have repeatedly blamed the Copts for supporting terrorism.
But Mohamed said he felt uncomfortable speaking to a group of Muslims.
“We don’t trust the government,” he said.
Mohamed said the Copt community was mostly in the city of Al-Arish, a predominately Christian area in central Egypt, and was not able to speak freely because of a ban on television and radio stations.
He said he spoke with a Copt woman who was able to talk to him on the phone, but the conversation was interrupted by an Egyptian security guard.
“This is a very dangerous situation for us.” “
He was very angry,” Mohamed told The Associated Press.
“This is a very dangerous situation for us.”
He said the guards also beat him and his family.
“It was so painful.
I was crying,” Mohamed recalled.
“Even now I’m afraid of being attacked again, because of the fear of what could happen.”
Egypt is one of the most populous Muslim countries in the Middle East, with some 140 million people.
Egypt has the world’s highest number of Christians, about 14 million, according to the World Christian Database.
There are a few dozen Coptic churches in Egypt, including those in Cairo, Alexandria and the Upper Nile Delta.
But Coptic communities in Cairo and elsewhere in the country are growing.
The number of Copts in Egypt grew from about 30,000 in 1960 to more than 200,000 today.
They make up more than 80% of the country’s population.
The country is one the Middle Eastern countries that are struggling with an economic crisis.
The United Nations says the number of internally displaced persons has increased to more and more than 4 million since the start of the year.
“In a country like Egypt, where it is very difficult to provide basic needs and a stable economic environment, it’s really challenging to have a large Christian population,” said Nabil Shaaban, a researcher at the Cairo University of International Relations and a former Egyptian diplomat.
The U.N. report on Egypt noted the lack of infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and electricity.
The economic situation has worsened since Morsi was ousted from power by the military in 2013.
Egypt is facing a looming debt of about $1.2 trillion, according a report by the International Monetary Fund.
In the past year, the economy has lost millions of jobs, and unemployment is high.
Egypt was also ranked second in the world for the number and size of refugees, with nearly 5 million people from neighboring Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
The majority of those refugees are from Syria, according the United Nations.
Egypt, like many other Middle Eastern nations, is in the midst of a devastating conflict with ISIS, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria.
The group has also attacked Coptic and other Christian churches in countries across the Middle West and elsewhere.
Egypt’s Copts are considered heretics by Sunni Muslims who consider them heretics who are not Muslims.
Coptic church bells ringing and people in the streets The Copts have long complained that they are not included in Egypt’s constitution, which states that Muslims must represent 40% of all seats in the Egyptian parliament.
Egypt still does not have a national constitution, so Coptic politicians have not been able to vote on their own proposal.
Instead, they have proposed amendments to the constitution, but none have passed.
Egypt voted last year to amend its constitution, and that amendment did not pass.
The new draft, which has not been officially adopted yet, would have allowed Coptic people to vote in national elections, and would have given Coptic women the right to vote.
The proposal has been met with protests and demonstrations by Coptic men and women who want their