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Maher El-Gohary and Dina
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An Egyptian Christian convert from Islam who has been fighting for legal recognition of his faith (learn more about his story) was detained and mistreated by officials at Cairo International Airport on September 17, according to a September 26 report from Assyrian International News Agency. Maher El-Gohary and his daughter, Dina, were at the airport setting out on a two-week holiday to China when officials stopped them. El-Gohary's passport was confiscated and he was told that orders from a "higher authority" barred him from leaving the country. His lawyer later joined him at the airport and filed an incident report at the airport police station. That same day, El-Gohary told a Christian media source that "the authorities are trying to pressure us [he and his daughter] to convert back to Islam, but this will never happen, even if we have to live on the streets. We love our Lord Jesus, and we have left Islam for good." On September 22, El-Gohary and Dina again attempted to leave for China but were stopped by officials.

Click here to learn more about the opposition of Christians in Egypt.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
106,437,241 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Egyptian (99.7), other (0.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (90), Christianity (10)

Leader
President Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (2014)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system based on Napoleonic civil and penal law, Islamic religious law, and vestiges of colonial-era laws

Source: World Factbook

Pray for Egypt

Pray on behalf of those who are facing economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith. Ask the Lord to provide for their spiritual and practical needs – further strengthening and emboldening them so they can effectively share the message of the Gospel with others in their communities. May the hearts of those who hear it be open and receptive to the wonderful truths contained in God’s Word.

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