Egypt has been suffering as a nation since the “Arab Spring” revolution in 2011. Following two military coups and the subsequent leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, there has been a marked decline in the economy and unemployment is high, especially amongst young people. Tourism which is a large contributor to the Egyptian economy has declined since 2011 and more recently because of terrorist atrocities. The Church has also suffered some violent opposition from Islamist extremist groups during this period.
Following the civil war in Syria and with almost half of the Syrian population displaced, an over 100,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Egypt. Most of these refugees live in cramped conditions and many are widows with children who have fled the fighting in their home cities. These refugees have suffered intensely and arrive in Egypt with no access to healthcare, finance or transportation. Our work in Egypt is focused on supporting these displaced families, meeting their basic needs and helping them to create their futures in very difficult circumstances.