Earlier this month, near the Upper Egypt city of Assiut, tens of thousands of worshippers from the country’s Coptic Christian minority gathered to commemorate the Virgin Mary’s life and assumption into heaven. At the same time, attendees grieved for the 41 Copts, 18 of them children, who perished during last week’s heat wave-related fire inside a packed Giza church. Cairo photographer Hamada Elrasam tells their story.

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