I don’t normally choose to highlight individual cases of persecution against Christians around the world as sadly there are too many to know where to start. However I recieved a personal message about this case and feel obliged to highlight it.
Eight Coptic families have been forcibly removed from their Egyptian village because of a mobile phone image that was circulated supposedly showing an alleged affair between a Christian man and a Muslim woman. However, Christians insist the case was used as an excuse to unjustly persecute local believers. The eight Coptic families were dislocated late last month from the village of Sharbat in Alexandria, Egypt’s second biggest city, under a deal arranged by the village’s notables to allay Muslim residents’ anger, according to reports in the local media.
The incident occurred on January 27th, when a mob of around three thousand Muslims attacked the Copt’s homes and shops, setting light to them. Over 60 Christian familes live in the village.
According to Open Doors, since the revolution of January 2011 levels of violence against Christians have increased. Salafi Muslim attacks on churches led to the massacre at Maspero where the military did nothing to protect Christians and even participated in the killings. In rural areas, Copts are constantly terrorised, while security forces turn a blind eye; Coptic girls are abducted and forced into Islamic marriages. Support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists is growing but the army still retains power.
Please pray for these Coptic Christians, that God will strengthen and protect them at this time and that the authorities will intervene in a just way to restore order.