Christian Children Reveal Horror of Radical Muslim Attacks in Egypt

Egyptian Coptic Christian

Coptic Christian children in Egypt have spoken out about the terror they have suffered in attacks by radical Muslims on the Christian community, as one of the nation’s top bishops asks President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide more protection.

One 11-year-old girl recalled the night that angry Muslim residents torched her family’s home in the village of Kom El Louf in Minya over suspicions that Christians were trying to use the building as a church.

“I was terrified. I saw men pour petrol on bundles of wood and throw them on our roof. When it began to fall on us, my father dragged us out,” Susana Khalaf said in an interview with The Financial Times.

Ibrahim Khalaf, the girl’s father, said Christians are being pressured by Muslim villagers to withdraw their police complaints, but he said there must be justice for the destroyed homes.

“We are told,” he said, “‘if you don’t agree there will be blood. You have daughters who can be kidnapped. The security services won’t stay in the village forever to protect you.'”

Christians across several villages have seen their homes destroyed┬áby Muslim mobs over similar accusations, with human rights groups such as Christian Solidarity Worldwide calling on Egypt’s House of Representatives to enact laws to protect the rights of Christians to worship.

CSW Senior Press Officer Kiri Kankhwende said in July that a “reconciliation meetings” that forced Christian victims to drop charges against their Muslim attackers cannot be a replacement for proper justice, because “they impose ad-hoc, unjust and often un-constitutional conditions on the victims of sectarian violence and perpetuate impunity for the perpetrators. Rule of law must be upheld, and must include security services nationwide serving every community without discrimination on the grounds of religion.”



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