More Than 73 Churches Attacked In Egypt
Aug 22 2013
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August 22, 2013More Than 73 Churches Attacked In EgyptThe following is from a Christian leader in Egypt
Undoubtedly, the last week’s wave of fierce attacks on Christians in Egypt is shocking and unprecedented. We’ve always witnessed occasional incidents of variable attacks on churches by radical Muslims in villages or towns, Christian families harassed or forced to migrate from their hometowns, and repeated everyday discrimination against Christians, wherever they lived or worked.
But the systematic violence conducted against the Christians of Egypt over the last five days has left the largest church in the Middle East with a long list of losses -- and a number of questions that only God’s holy servant Jesus can show us how to answer.
The list is long, and may not mean much to a reader who has not visited Egypt before, or is unable to grasp its geography. But it is certainly painful!
According to the latest report published by the head of the Coptic Cultural Center, Christian losses since the violent dismantling of the two sit-ins of the Muslim Brotherhood last Wednesday are massive: 73 churches and monasteries, as well as 22 adjunct church service buildings (including orphanages, schools and Bible bookshops) were either partially or totally burned down or damaged. Moreover, 212 private Coptic Christian properties have been attacked, looted or set on fire, and seven Christians’ deaths confirmed.
Bombs, Bullying and Final Exams: The Life of Christian Students in Mosul
Mosul, one of the most dangerous cities in the world- kidnappings, bombings and targeted violence against Christians are reported frequently. These many roadblocks make it difficult to go from one place to another. In the midst of this chaos and insecurity, hundreds of Christian students find their way to their university every day.
Yusuf* says he’s praying ‘a hundred times’ for safety. A few months ago, bombs exploded at his college: “Where is the safety,” he asks himself. “Where are those who should protect us?” Needless to say that in periods with increased violence, concentrating for exams isn’t easy: “When the situation is very tense in the city, we still have to study, it has a negative influence on our grades, but the exams are not deferred” shares Malik, another Christian student.
Within the university, the atmosphere isn’t much better. Christians are being bullied and discriminated against because of their faith. Female students receive comments and threats about not wearing a headscarf. Church elders of a village in Mosul were warned not to send girls to university; other female students were attacked because they weren’t wearing a veil. “We just wish these years will pass fast” says Kalam. Sadly, it is not just the students that are giving their Christians peers a hard time explains Kalam: “Teachers are saying bad things about Christianity in their lessons and, participate in the discrimination and bullying also”.
*The names of the people quoted in this article have been changed for security reasons.
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