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ICC Note: Another Christian in Egypt has disappeared. A five year old boy was snatched from his home and held in exchange for ransom. The family initially felt – like so many other Christians in Egypt – abandoned and without help from security officials who often are unresponsive in situations like this.

10/29/2015 Egypt (Christian Today) – Police complacency toward the kidnapping of Coptic Christians in Egypt has fostered a climate of impunity, according to a Christian persecution charity.

The phenomenon of kidnapping Coptic Christians for ransom has spread in Minya province, the latest of which occurred last week.

A group kidnapped a five-year-old boy, Kastor Amir Bushra, from Dafash village in Upper Egypt on the morning of 21 October. They scaled the rear wall of the home owned by his father, Amir Bushra, and broke into the apartment on the second floor. They then went to the child’s bedroom where he, his 12-year-old sister and 9-year-old brother slept.

Taking the boy, they left a mobile phone on his bed and fled the house.

The kidnappers later contacted the child’s father through the mobile phone demanding a ransom of 200,000 EGP (over £16,000) in exchange for his son.

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