Over 50 churches were burned during a 24-hour period in mid-August as part of widespread anti-Christian attacks by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. The violence erupted after Egyptian police forcibly shut down two political protestor camps, set up by followers of the country´s ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Christians were blamed for Morsi´s fall, and numerous homes, schools and businesses owned by believers were also destroyed in the rampage.

Two bookshops operated by the Bible Society of Egypt, a ministry partner of Christian Aid, were casualties of the first wave of mob attacks. The burning of the stores marked the first instance of religious violence in the 129 year-history of the Bible Society. Christian Aid works with the Society to distribute Bibles to prisoners and supply educational materials to Christian schools in Egypt.

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