Christian tradition says that after Jesus was born, his parents fled with him to Egypt to escape death. Eventually they returned to their home in what was then known as the kingdom of Judea, and one of their last stops in Egypt was said to be at a cave in the Dronka mountains. Thousands of devotees of the Virgin Mary travel to the Virgin Mary Monastery near Assiut, Egypt every August to show their devotion to the holy family. Christian children are baptized and adults hope for blessings.
For those unable to afford a pilgrimage to Mecca, in the Humaithera valley in Egypt, the annual Mulid of Sheikh Abu al-Hassan al-Shazli, a 13th century Sufi Imam, gives those without the means to go to Mecca a more affordable option
Animal welfare advocates have long protested the treatment of camels at Cairo’s Barqash camel market, but this year Egyptian authorities are taking concrete steps to stop the abuse. The market is the scene of intense activity ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, when butchers come to buy camels from Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia. As Cairo photojournalist Hamada Elrasam explains, the crackdown on abuse included making arrests and installing surveillance cameras in the market.
Egypt has been working to diversify its sources of electricity, building wind, solar and nuclear plants, in addition to boosting traditional oil and gas-fired energy production in a bid to end chronic power shortages.
Researchers in Egypt say their country is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, pointing to the falling discharge levels and reduced crop yields in the historically fertile Nile River Delta. Among the biggest casualties have been people — farmers, who migration experts say are leaving their land in large numbers and going to the cities. Cairo videographer Hamada Elrasam has more.