Area: 997,739 sq km
Mostly desert; only 3% is arable land – along the banks and delta of the Nile River and around the Western Desert oases.
Population: 84,474,427 Annual Growth: 1.83%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 27 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The Church has endured nearly 2,000 years of discrimination and persecution yet retains its spiritual vitality and strength. The name The Church of the Martyrs has been earned. The last 20 years have seen an intensification of suffering, but there is a lot of life in all branches of the Church.
The government is in a precarious position, between the Muslim Brotherhood, the silent majority, minority groups, strident anti-government bloggers and international pressure on some issues. It seems to lack the willpower to root out corruption; failure to address this and the issue of police violence only strengthen the hands of the Islamists and critics. Water issues are becoming very serious and, combined with population growth, intensify both poverty and unemployment. Pray that corruption would be rooted out, justice done and fair laws passed and then carried out in the interests of the people.
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