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Christians Begin to Flee Egypt

04/13/2011 Leave a comment

By Ryan Jones – “A growing number of Egypt’s 8-10 million Coptic Christians are looking for a way to get out as Islamists increasingly take advantage of the nationalist revolution that toppled long-standing dictator Hosni Mubarak in February.

Egypt Daily News reported on Tuesday that ‘lawyers who specialize in working with Coptic Egyptians…say that in the past few weeks they have received hundreds of calls from Copts wanting to leave Egypt.’

‘They are insisting on leaving Egypt because the risks of staying here are too great,’ Naguib Gabriel, a Coptic human rights lawyer, told Egypt Daily News. ‘Many Christians are afraid of the future because of the fanatics in the mosques.'”  Read more.


Who Dill Defend Christians in Egypt?

03/25/2011 Leave a comment

By GEOFFREY P. JOHNSTON – “… During last winter’s people power demonstrations in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the democratic uprising, Christians and Muslims peacefully coexisted as they demanded the end of Mubarak’s 30 year dictatorial reign.

Since then, the promise of Christian-Muslim unity has given way to religiously-motivated attacks on Egypt’s large Coptic Christian community, which is estimated to have ten million members…

For decades, the Egyptian government has openly persecuted Christians. For example, says Bashir, the country’s security services have interfered in Coptic affairs, obstructing the basic maintenance of churches and blocking building permits for new churches.

Islamic terrorists are an even greater threat to Coptic Christians.

In the aftermath of the bloody New Year’s Day bombing of a Coptic church at Alexandria, Egypt, which killed 23 people, Canada’s Coptic community, which has itself been threatened with violence by al Qaida, publicly demanded that Egypt protect their co-religionists.

‘Unfortunately, the situation is quickly getting worse,’ says a Canadian Coptic activist, who cannot be identified in order to protect loved ones still living in Egypt.”  Read more.

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