No Compensation for Christians in Wake of Violence in Egypt

ICC Note: Despite reconciliation sessions and promises of compensation, the Coptic families from Kafr Darwish village have yet to receive any material repayment. Some of the losses suffered by the Copts in the violence that erupted last month and forced the families to leave the village for a number of days include: 11 burned houses, a destroyed car and an uprooted field. The damage was caused by a mob of youth from the village who were upset over Facebook post that were considered offensive to Islam or the Prophet Mohammed.

06/13/2015 Egypt (Watani): There is no indication whatsoever as yet of any compensation to be paid to the Copts of the village of Kafr Darwish in al-Fashn, Beni Sweif 100km south of Cairo, for the losses they incurred on account of the attack waged against them by the village Muslims last month. The losses include 11 Coptic-owned houses that were set ablaze; damages range from smashed windows and doors to partial or complete scorching burning. The houses are owned by Nosshi Abdel-Shehid, Eid Fawzy, Edward Fawzy, Saad Fawzy Nashed, Emad Magdy, Fayez Shehata, Makram Shehata, and Selim Sabry. A car owned by Malak Youaqim Ayad was smashed, and the fields of Youssef Tawfiq were ruined and the crops uprooted.

Radical Muslim youth attacked the Copts in Kafr Darwish on Sunday 24 May on account of claims that Ayman Youssef Tawfiq, who currently works in Jordan while his wife and children remain in Kafr Darwish, posted cartoons offensive to the Prophet Muhammad on his Facebook page. The family insist Ayman Tawfiq did not do that but was framed.

In an attempt to contain the violence, a ‘conciliation session’ was quickly held by the local elders and security staff at the Fashn police station, and a later one at the house of the Mayor Ahmed Maher. It was decided that the Tawfiq family should leave the village in order for matters to calm down.

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