Caught in the grip of mounting political conflict, Egypt has quickly become a nation known for growing instability and desperate uncertainty. Unfortunately, like many of its Middle Eastern neighbors, Egypt has also become a land where anti-Christian sentiment is steadily on the rise, in the face of increasing Muslim domination and a trend of suffering and persecution for millions of believers that has become known as the “Christian Winter.”
And yet, despite great risk to their lives, many of these saints have stood unified against their own persecution. In recent… Read more
Just days after St. George’s Church in Egypt was burned to the ground, thousands of Egyptian Christians are now left to deal with the aftermath of last Sunday’s riots that killed at least 24 believers and injured 200 others.
More than 1,000 Christians, who were protesting the church burning by staging a peaceful demonstration in front of a TV station in Cairo, were violently assaulted when attackers began throwing stones and firing pellets at them. Although security forces arrived on the scene when the confrontation escalated, eyewitness reports claim that… Read more
An angry mob of over 100 people rushed into a crowd of Christian protesters who were assembled outside a TV station in Cairo, Egypt last Sunday, hurling rocks and fire bombs and setting fire to vehicles in the middle of the street.
According to an anonymous security official at the scene, the attack was in retaliation for an earlier conflict that took place between the protestors and motorists who had attempted to pass through the demonstration area. One demonstrator claimed that the motorists had refused to be searched before entering… Read more
New episodes of violent turmoil have caused thousands of Egyptian Christians to protest the growing religious persecution that has plagued the country in recent months.
The latest attacks took place last Saturday, May 7, and were the result of a rumor that a Christian woman who wanted to convert to Islam was being held against her will at the St. Mena Coptic Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in Egypt. When a crowd of angry Muslims descended upon the church on Saturday, hundreds of Christians rushed to defend it,… Read more
CAIRO, EGYPT – A CFI coworker in Cairo (for security reasons the CFI coworker’s name must remain anonymous) affirmed that on February 19, “Muslims broke into the home of a Christian family and abducted their 18 year old daughter, Nesma Sarwat.”
The abduction occurred in Talbiya, within the Omraniya neighborhood of Giza.
During the abduction, the abductors painted messages on the home’s wall. One of the messages proclaimed, “Islam is the solution,” the slogan for the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to AINA News, the abductors also wrote the names of the… Read more
Christian Freedom International (CFI), a Michigan-based organization that assists persecuted Christians around the world, has denounced the latest incident of violence carried out against six Christians in Egypt.
Amer Ashour Abdel-Zaher, an Egyptian police officer, opened fire on a passenger train after he boarded in Samalout, a town just south of Cairo, on January 11, 2011. One Coptic Christian, 71-year-old Fathy Ghattas, was killed in the attack, and five other Copts, including Ghattas’ wife, were severely wounded.
While it was not immediately clear whether Abdel-Zaher had deliberately targeted the Christians,… Read more