Egypt – Wagih & Lois

Population: 84,474,427

Economy: Egypt’s wealth has traditionally been in agriculture, which still emplys about one-third of the population. Already limited arable land continues to be lost to expanding cities. The past few years have seen significant economic growth in may areas due to privatization. But a large proportion of Egyptians live in poverty – most blame institutionalized corruption, a bloated public sector ad recent economic advances that fail to trickle down to the masses. These recently resulted in some unprecedented labor unrest in state-run industries.

Religion: Islam is the state religion; until recently the large Christian minority were left in relative peace. The past 10 years, however, have seen higher levels of communal violence. The rise of Islamism cause Islamist violence and terror against Christians, combined with police collusion and the government failing to intervene.