Jihad on Egypt’s Christian Children

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


chOriginally published by Gatestone Institute.

Attacks on Christian children, both boys and girls, are on the rise in Egypt.

Last week, a six-year-old Coptic Christian boy named Cyril Yusuf Sa‘ad was abducted and held for ransom.  After his family paid off the Muslim kidnapper, Ahmed Abdel Moneim Abdel-Salam, he still killed the child and threw his body in the sewer of his house.  In the words of the Arabic report, the boy’s “family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body into the toilet of his home, where the body, swollen and moldy, was exhumed.”

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Abanoub, 12, kidnapped in front of church with knife to his throat.

Weeks earlier, ten-year-old Sameh George, an altar boy at the Coptic church of St. Abdul Masih (Servant of Christ) in Minya, Egypt, was kidnapped by “unknown persons” while on his way to church to participate in Holy Pascha prayers leading up to Orthodox Easter. His parents and family reported that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but when he didn’t return, and they began to panic, they received an anonymous phone call from the kidnappers, saying that they had the Christian boy in their possession and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money.

And about a month before this latter incident, yet another Coptic boy, twelve-year-old Abanoub Ashraf, was also kidnapped right in front of his church, St. Paul in Shubra al-Khayma district. His abductors, four men, put a knife to his throat, dragged him to their car, opened fire on the church, and then sped away. Later they called the boy’s family demanding an exorbitant amount of money to ransom the boy’s life.

While the immediate motive behind these kidnappings is money, another purpose appears to be to frighten Christian families from sending their children to church. Otherwise, why were both boys kidnapped right in front of their respective churches? (Considering that some Egyptian Islamic clerics deem church attendance as worse than attending bars and brothels, the kidnappers likely deem this the “altruistic” side of their greed and hate.)

Meanwhile, as females, Coptic Christian girls are even more vulnerable than Coptic boys.  As an International Christian Concern report puts it, “hundreds of Christian girls … have been abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and forced into marriage in Egypt. These incidents are often accompanied by acts of violence, including rape, beatings, and other forms of physical and mental abuse.”

Most recently, fourteen-year-old Agape Essam Girgis went to school accompanied by a Muslim social worker and two teachers, one of whom was a Salafi, and never returned. After protests, she was eventually “handed over to her family and the church priest where she stayed with his family for some time due to the terrible ordeal she experienced during her abduction.”  According to a Coptic bishop involved in the case, what happened to Agape—whose name is based on the biblical word for “brotherly love”—is “heart-breaking.” She was drugged and awakened to find herself in a secluded place with an elderly woman and Salafis who tried to convert her to Islam, forced her to wear the full hijab, and beat her.

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Agape, 14, kidnapped, dressed in hijab, and beaten to convert to Islam.

A few weeks earlier, fourteen-year-old Sarah Abdelmalek was also abducted on her way to school.  Later it was reported that “Sarah was smuggled across the borders to Libya [where Coptic Christians are being brutalized] with the help of the Interior Ministry.”  The new Coptic pope said the kidnapping and forced conversion of Sarah is a “disgrace for the whole of Egypt,” adding “Can any family accept the kidnapping of their daughter and her forced conversion?”

And yet, in the last few years, some 550 cases of abduction, entrapment, rape, and forced conversion of Christian women have been documented in Egypt. Their rate has only increased after the “Arab Spring” and the empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood—which has seen a concomitant rise is sexual harassment of all Egyptian women.  Ironically, when President Morsi was in Germany last February, he was asked to address the issue of victimized Coptic girls, only to respond by saying the idea that they were being abducted and abused was merely a rumor.

But according to Coptic Solidarity President Adel Guindy: “Any objective and fair review of the cases of forced conversion of Coptic girls, which started four decades ago but dramatically escalated after January 2011 [when the “Arab Spring” reached Egypt], will show a clear pattern of events that point to well organized ‘hidden hands’  behind the process. Amazingly, the collusion of Egypt’s security as well as judiciary authorities—in defiance of the existing laws concerning minors—shows the extent of the scheme. It is part of a ‘war of attrition’ against the Copts in their own homeland.”

Thus, as with any number of recent indicators—including an unprecedented assault on their holiest site and the codification of legal measures to oppress them—the jihad on the children of Egypt’s Christian minority is yet another indicator that a rapidly Islamizing Egypt is hostile to its oldest and most indigenous inhabitants, the Copts, and, as happened to the Jews before them,  an example in such societies of what awaits groups considered “other.”

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  • CowboyUp

    There’s a special place in h*ll for such people, and I’ve taken to including their victims in my prayers every night.

    • Smote

      Me too. Say the word: Hell. Egypt’s Christians are in my thoughts a lot lately. I love them and want to help them.

      Who is the architect of Hell: Allah. His chief daemon: Mohammed.

  • watsa46

    They need to thank the Obama administration for these events.

    • MarilynA

      Obama just gave Egypt $1.6 Billion of US tax payers money. or rather, money he borrowed from China which our children and grandchildren will have to repay. . That’s in addition to the F-16s and other military equipment he has given them. Obama is feed Americans and Christians into the Islamic killing machines as fast as he can and forcing US taxpayers to pay for it.

  • Gee

    Of course this fails to mention that one of the biggest supporters of ethnic cleansing of the Jews from Egypt was the Coptic Church.

    Don’t worry the international community will state it’s because Israel won’t surrender it’s homeland to the “Palestinians”. Don’t you know that every problem is caused by the JOOOOOSSSSS not giving the Muslims what they want

    • Reuben

      Care to substantiate that claim about Coptics supporting cleansing of Jews?

    • JoJoJams

      Based on anecdotal evidence – My friends who are Coptics from Egypt, with family/friends still in Egypt, I doubt the veracity of your claim, Gee. Evidence, please.

    • LindaRivera

      The Egyptian Christian Copts in New York City and New Jersey are
      definitely NOT anti-Semitic. Some time ago, I attended a street demo of
      Egyptian Christian Copts protesting against the murders and persecution
      of Christians by Muslims in Egypt. I carried a sign. One side of my
      sign was for Israel; the other side was for persecuted Egyptian
      Christians.

      The Egyptian Christians were EXTREMELY happy with my sign and were so happy that they interviewed me on their media! These Christians were
      definitely NOT anti-Semitic.

    • Bob Almighty

      interesting false deflection go fuck yourself

  • LindaRivera

    There are reasons why non-Muslims in Western countries are against Muslim immigration and vehemently against the shocking cruelty and enslavement under sharia. It’s called SURVIVAL! It’s called wanting to live in SAFETY.

    Under Islam, Egypt’s Christians have lived in hell for centuries. The
    kidnappings, rapes and violent conversion to Islam of Christian
    children and other horrors has worsened under the Muslim Brotherhood.
    What happened to Christian Egypt is a WARNING to the world.

    The next stage of a nation conquered by Muslims is the MASSIVE
    kidnapping of non-Muslim female CHRISTIAN children by male Muslims. The
    kidnappings are perpetrated with the full cooperation of ruling elites,
    courts and the police. The agonized parents NEVER get their beloved
    children back. The severely abused, terrorized girls are FOREVER
    separated from their loving parents and family. These terrible crimes
    against God and humanity must NOT be allowed to happen in our Western countries!

    Egyptian Christian Copts cry out in agony:
    SAVE US O LORD! WE HAVE NONE BUT YOU!

    Comment by Egyptian Christian Copt underneath video:

    “OUR WOMEN ARE TO BE ENSLAVED IN ISLAM OUR MEN ARE TO BE KILLED AND AMERICA RECEIVES MILLIONS OF ISLAMISTS WITH OPEN ARM AND REFUSE TO GIVE US ASYLUM.”

    The Passion of the Copts
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FHvQXfGUBCs

  • herb benty

    THIS!!…..is what Obama sends F-16s, Abrams tanks and many BILLIONS of American’s taxpayers hard earned money TO.

  • Texas Patriot

    Unfortunately, there is very little America can do for the unfortunate souls who find themselves in a Muslim-majority nation where the secular authority has collapsed. Their best hope is to leave while they can, and if need be to take nothing with them. To stay in such places in the current environment almost certainly means death at the hands of jihadi Muslims who actually believe they are doing the work of God. It is a nightmare scenario beyond the scope of rational Western thought and imagination, yet it is happening every day throughout the Muslim world.

  • Bob Almighty

    odious fuckers

  • TeamInfidel

    Behold this ISLAMIC madness that B.O. likes to call the “Arab Spring”!!

    Remember…In political Islam, there is NO valid law other than the Islamic law, Sharia. The constitutions of liberal democracies are nothing more than the folly of fallible men and not worth the paper and ink wasted on them. ISLAM is a WAR on the cornerstones of democratic principles: individual rights and freedoms. ISLAM is a declared WAR on the very existence of democracy and the freedom of mind in the world.

    In ISLAM, there is absolutely NO room for political pluralism. None!

    Goodbye Egypt….the cancer of ISLAM has gotten to you!!

  • cathy

    The Egyptian Copts and the Jews: No Illusions
    5/11/11

    Given their own tragic plight in a land where their ancestors lived and ruled for millennia before Arabs ever invaded and conquered both, the Copts’ attitude to Jews too often gets whisked under the rug–for a number of reasons. Since my wish is for a better future for all of the region’s diverse peoples, I won’t remain silent.

    You see, if there are problems with the Arab Spring regarding freedom, democracy, and such due to Muslim intolerance and the rise of Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, then the following nasty reality must also be addressed…

    Simply put, non-Arab, Christian Copts don’t need Arab Muslims to teach them how to hate Jews…Their own faith has taught them to hate the G-d-killers for centuries before Islam’s Muhammad ever entered into the picture. ….

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/10797#.UbOiBcHTlXg

    • cathy

      What part of Scripture does the Copt Christian not get in regards to the Israel … in regards to the Jews.

      Genesis 12:3 – And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

  • cathy

    Where is the collective outrage from Americans … from Conservative/ Progressive Americans … from the Tea Party? Was there a vote in the Senate … in the Congress?
    US waives condition on $1.3B in aid to Egypt
    Jun. 7 11:44 AM EDT
    After Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in 2011, Congress mandated that assistance to Egypt be conditional on progress in on a democratic transition there. However, it allowed the administration to waive the requirement on national security grounds. The U.S. has cited some democratic progress, but has consistently criticized the government’s crackdown on democracy advocates and freedom of expression.
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-waives-condition-13b-aid-Egypt

  • BenJabo1Machal

    The Christian’s still remaining in Egypt, should follow the Examples of the Jews,
    get out as fast as possible

    • TeamInfidel

      Or take as many MUSLIMS down with them!

  • 2wotvet

    Why are the Coptics taking this lying down? Its their Egypt as much as the Muslims. Its time they fight back.

  • TeamInfidel

    Remember, the self proclaimed terrorist mohammad “LOVED” children!
    This animal while he was in his 50′s married a little SIX YEAR OLD named Aisha.
    Got ISLAM?? Behold this cult ideology!!