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When a Christian teacher confronted a Muslim student , the situation ended up with the teacher shot to death by a brother of the student. This is just the latest in many events that show the deepening of the rift between some segments of Egyptian society. Egypt’s Christians have repeatedly been targeted by Islamists who view them as largely to blame for their political and social loses since protests in the summer of 2013.
Was the killing of a Dutch priest in Homs, Syria just an isolated incident? The reality is that his death, while just one of nearly 150,000 in the past three years in Syria, is also just one of many such incidents that are driven because of ones identification as a Christian. From a Coptic girl in Egypt, to a Dutch priest in Syria, and many, many more, there is ample evidence, John L. Allen writes, to support the idea of a war on Christianity.
Speaking at an Easter event, British Prime Minister David Cameron raised the issue of Christian persecution. “It is the case that Christians are now the most persecuted religion around the world. “We should stand up against persecution of Christians and other faith groups wherever and whenever we can,” he told the audience including representatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
During the past nine months Christians have experienced one of the worst periods of violence in Egyptian history. The attacks on churches, homes, property, and individuals have occurred on a nearly daily basis. The increasing level of conflict seems to be cut across political and religious lines as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is taking out their loses on what they perceive as a rival religious group, the country’s Christians
In one of the most recent outbreaks of violence against Christians, a 24-year-old Coptic girl was brutally killed when she was pulled from her car by protestors who were fighting with security forces. Based on first-hand accounts, Mary Sameh George was killed because of the cross hanging on her car. Christians have increasingly been the victims of violent attacks across Egypt over the past year.
A recent study has show that there are more incidents of religiously motivated violence in countries that lack religious diversity. Both Somalia and Afghanistan are among the least religiously diverse countries in the world and top the list for countries with the most religiously motivated incidents of violence. Across the Muslim world, Christians living in Muslim majority countries face daily persecution. Take a moment to pray for them today.
Mary Sameh George, a 24 year old Coptic Christian woman, was brutally killed on Friday, March 28 by protestors in Ain Shams, Cairo. Based on an eye-witness account given to International Christian Concern , Mary was pulled out of her car, brutally beaten, stabbed, and then shot to death.
One of just 14 Jews remaining in Egypt, Magda Haroun had a message for Coptic Pope Tawadros, and the leaders of Middle Eastern churches facing persecution. “Don’t let your people leave. Do all that you can so that you do not become as we are,” she told the leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. The intense violence is driving many to leave, but there are many working to help the church continue on.
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ICC is constantly monitoring the state of Christian persecution in countries around the world and looking for ways that we can act as bridge between our supporters and the persecuted church. Beyond the projects you see above, we are working in many other areas to provide practical assistance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. View our other projects page to understand more of our work and keep up to date on our current projects.