Egypt

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General Background

Population: 85.3m
Land Area: 1,002,450km sq.
Poverty Ranking: 76*
Main Religions: Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic Christian 9%; Other Christian 1%

*The ‘Poverty Rank’ figure reflects the relative poverty of a country, using the most commonly accepted index: per capital GDP (PPP). Click for further info.



Situated at the meeting point of Africa and Asia, Egypt is the only country in the Arab World where CMSI has Global Partners. It’s a country where ancient meets modern, where pyramids intermingle with high-rise apartment blocks and where the ancient river Nile flows quietly through the bustling city of Cairo, one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. Although Egypt isn’t considered to be among the poorest countries in the world, the poverty gap (between rich and poor) is vast and there are significant pressures on land and resources – 95% of Egyptians live on less than 5% of Egypt’s land, along the fertile floodplains of the Nile. The violence and political tension of recent years has exacted an enormous toll on ordinary people. It is in this context, and in spite of persecution, that the Christian Church works for peace and offers help and hope to the poor and marginalised.


CMS Ireland engagement with Egypt
Recent META visits: 2009, 2011
Latest Annual Projects: Sands of Time (2007)
Former Mission Partners: David and Gillian Maganda