Egypt: Mass Attacks on Churches

A comprehensive follow up on the recent anti-Coptic Christian violence in Egypt…

(New York) – Egyptian authorities should take the necessary steps to protect churches and religious institutions against mob attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Since August 14, 2013, attackers have torched and looted scores of churches and Christian property across the country, leaving at least four people dead. Authorities should also investigate why security forces were largely absent or failed to intervene even when they had been informed of ongoing attacks.

Immediately following the violent dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo on August 14, crowds of men attacked at least 42 churches, burning or damaging 37, as well as dozens of other Christian religious institutions in the governorates of Minya, Asyut, Fayum, Giza, Suez, Sohag, Bani Suef, and North Sinai. Human Rights Watch has verified with family members and a lawyer that at least three Coptic Christians and one Muslim were killed as a result of sectarian attacks in Dalga, Minya city, and Cairo.

“For weeks, everyone could see these attacks coming, with Muslim Brotherhood members accusing Coptic Christians of a role in Mohammad Morsy’s ouster, but the authorities did little or nothing to prevent them,” said Joe Stork, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Now dozens of churches are smoldering ruins, and Christians throughout the country are hiding in their homes, afraid for their very lives.” Click here to read more…

5 comments on “Egypt: Mass Attacks on Churches

  1. […] (New York) – Egyptian authorities should take the necessary steps to protect churches and religious institutions against mob attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Since August 14, 2013, attackers have torched and looted scores of churches and Christian property across the …read more […]

  2. gardener says:

    where is the catholic church speaking out against this i asked my priest to remenber the the christians in egypt at the mass prayer i wasI INGNORED and no mention at alll to needless to say how upset this made me and very disappointed in my priest and he is our pastor

    • Well, maybe you could share with him some of the new articles; or you could ask him if you could organize a prayer group in the parish to pray. But most of all, you can pray and encourage others in your parish to pray. Thank you for your witness of compassionate concern and belief in the need to pray for fellow believers who suffer. Be patient with your pastor and try to understand why he seems uninterested in your request. Blessings.

  3. Mary and Bob Ballard says:

    Hey Tom,
    We have at least 6 Coptic Christian families that we are working with right now in our Refugee/Immigration Programs in Tallahassee (at Catholic Charities). Their stories are horrific —and they are so courageous. Their stories tell of a Christian faith that is unwavering, despite the risk of their very lives. We must be vigilant in our prayer for our Christian Brothers and Sisters.
    Christ’s Peace to All! (Hi to the “Fam” :)! Thanks for posting the article/video.
    Mary & Bob

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