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Two Christian Coptic Girls Disappear in Upper Egypt, Muslim Youth Believed Responsible
ICC Note: Hana Nemr Gad, 18 years old, and Erine Samir Naguib, 17, disappeared under mysterious circumstances from a village in Upper Egypt, the Christian Post reports. Their families accused two Muslim youth of using the girls’ emotional relationship with them to “lure” them out of their homes and abduct them. The kidnappings of Christian girls and women continue to escalate in Egypt. Some cases are very apparent; young girls being thrown into a vehicle while on their way to school. The details of other cases, however, can be vague, with Christian girls innocently falling for a Muslim boy only to find themselves forcibly married to an older Muslim man and, under pressure, converted to Islam. “From the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, 2011 until January 26, 2013, over 500 girls have been abducted,” said Ebram Louis, founder of the Coptic non-governmental organization Association of Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearance (AVAED). “There is hardly a day which passes by without a Coptic girl disappearing.”
2/14/2013 Egypt (CP) – Two Coptic Christian girls have disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the Minya village of Ezbet Ayoub in Upper Egypt. The families of the two girls have accused two Muslims of inciting them to leave home.
The girls’ fathers submitted two complaints to the police station Thursday, about the disappearance of 18-year-old Hana Nemr Gad and 17-year-old Erine Samir Naguib. The complaints accused two Muslim youth of using the girls’ emotional relationship with them to lure them out of their houses.
The girls’ fathers, Nemr Gad Saad and Samir Naguib Guirguis, said that the girls went to school Wednesday, but did not return home. They said that neighbors and relatives had no information regarding their current whereabouts.
Mohsen Saad Gad, fiancee of Hana Nemr, told MCN that they were all shocked that the girls did not return from school. Gad said he spoke with the residents and one told him that two Muslims had been following the girls and begun harassing them as well.
They then issued a formal complaint, and gave formal testimonies to the local authorities, in the hope they would investigate the two men on charges of kidnapping.

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