Christians' plight in Egypt largely overlooked

Monday, February 3, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Christians continue to be victimized by Moslems in Egypt. They are left wondering if anyone outside Egypt's borders really cares.

Last July with the overthrow of President Morsi and the Moslem Brotherhood, Christian churches and Coptic Christians came under heavy attack. More than 40 churches were burned, along with Christian businesses and homes. Ryan Morgan of International Christian Concern tells OneNewsNow the latest trend is kidnapping Christians and holding them for ransom.

“In fact, last year our sources tell us as many as 69 Christians were kidnapped,” he notes. “That’s more than one a week and that's only the ones we know of. We think there are probably a lot more cases that families just didn't want to report out of fear of losing their family members.”

The nation has developed a new constitution with some improvements for religious minorities, but the question is whether it will be enforced. Local police have largely ignored pleas from Christians for help. Egyptian Christians are hopeful for some kind of response from other world governments, including the United States.

“I'm not convinced that our primary objective is concern for religious minorities, so I think we could do a little bit more to speak up about it, to push the current interim government in Cairo to investigate these issues and to more aggressively follow up on these kidnappings,” Morgan says.

Meanwhile, Christians in Egypt live in fear with the knowledge that no government, including their own, is really trying to help protect them.

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