Coptic Christians in Egypt killed, targeted by Islamists as violent conflict continues around the country
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
Just last week, a 10-year-old Christian girl was killed when walking home from a Bible class at the Ahmed Esmat Street Evangelical Church, according to the Telegraph.
While Egyptian Christians reported an increase in violent attacks and social discrimination under Mohammad Morsi’s regime, Coptic leaders say that the situation has only become worse since the coup last month.
The BBC recently reported that many Coptic Christians in Egypt are being targeted by Islamists who hold them partly responsible for the removal of Morsi from office.
In the 18th, 19th and most of the 20th centuries, Christians and Muslims lived together peacefully, according to Father Atoine Rafik Greiche, who spoke to the BBC recently.
Since Morsi was removed from power, it has “become more dangerous because some in the Muslim Brotherhood now want to prove themselves by using force and violence. We are doing our best to bear it, but young children and others are paying a high price,” Greiche said to the BBC.
Some Egyptian cities, like Assiut, are especially hard-hit.
“We had never experienced the kind of persecution we suffer now. We are insulted every day,” said Nevine Kamal, a 40-year-old Christian pharmacist and mother of two, according to the Associated Press.
“We are angry and frustrated but we are not leaving Assiut,” Kama said. “Sadly, my children are angry with Egypt and want to leave and they don’t believe us when I and my husband tell them that things will get better soon. But, personally, I have faith that all this will yield something good for us and the country.”
For now, however, the post-coup situation for Christians in Egypt is far from what most hoped for.
“At least seven Christians have been killed since the coup, one of them in Assiut. Scores have been injured,” the Associated Press reported last week.
CBS reported that Coptic churches were torched in Minya, Assiut, Sohag and Fayoum.
Reuters also cited state media reports claiming that Morsi supporters attacked several churches, though they not the reports could not be independently verified.
Daily News Egypt also reported that a number of churches were attacked around the country today.
With the violence in Egypt only getting worse, the Christians, who make up around 10 percent of the 85 million people in Egypt, look to be one of the most vulnerable populations.
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