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Country of origin: Egypt
Project location: Egypt
Program: What Works
Year: 2016

On August 14, 2013, supporters of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi raided 65 churches across Egypt. In Delga, a small village south of Cairo, the militia set fire to Christian houses, forcing approximately 150 families to flee and settle in other cities. Three months later, the Egyptian army regained control over the towns that were attacked. Christian survivors of the sectarian violence returned to Delga, where they now live among the majority Muslim community.

Eman Helal was born in 1985 and graduated in 2006 from Cairo University, where she studied mass communications. Eman began her photography career working for various local newspapers and as a stringer with The Associated Press, Polka Magazine and Stern Magazine. Eman is interested in covering hard news and working on documentary projects about human rights.