Killing Copts for Ransom in Egypt

coffins-or-murdered-Coptic-ChristiansNot only are the churches, monasteries, and institutions of Egypt’s Christians under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters—nearly 100 now have been torched, destroyed, ransacked, etc.—but Christians themselves are under attack all throughout Egypt, with practically zero coverage in Western media.

Days ago, for example, Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, a young Christian deacon who used to serve in St. John the Baptist Church, part of the Qusiya diocese in Asyut, Egypt.  He was kidnapped on August 21 by “unknown persons” who demanded an exorbitant ransom from his impoverished family—1,200,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $171,000 USD).  Because his family could not raise the sum, he was executed—his body dumped in a field where it was later found.  The priest who conducted his funeral service said that the youth’s body bore signs of severe torture.

In fact, kidnapping young Christians and holding them for ransom has become increasingly common in Egypt.  Last April, 10-year-old Sameh George, another deacon, or altar boy, at St. Abdul Masih (“Servant of Christ”) Church in Minya, Egypt, was also abducted by “unknown persons” while on his way to church to participate in Holy Pascha prayers leading up to Orthodox Easter. His parents said that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but when he failed to return, and they began to panic, they received an anonymous phone call from the kidnappers, informing them that they had the Christian child in their possession, and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money.

If those in Egypt being kidnapped and sometimes killed for ransom money are not all deacons, they are almost always church-attending Christians.  Last April, for example, another Coptic Christian boy, 12-year-old Abanoub Ashraf, was also kidnapped right in front of his church, St. Paul Church 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 a large amount of money to ransom child’s life.

The hate for these Christians—who are seen as no better than dogs—is such that sometimes after being paid their ransom, the Muslim abductors still slaughter them anyway.  This was the fate of 6-year-old Cyril Joseph, who was kidnapped last May.  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.”

As for Christian girls, they are even more vulnerable than Christian boys and disappear with great frequency.  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.”

Thus, while it is good that the nonstop attacks on Egypt’s churches have received some media attention, let us not forget the many, often young, Christian lives quietly being destroyed in Egypt, by those who would have the Muslim Brotherhood return to power.

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  • Texas Patriot

    Keep up the great work, Mr. Ibrahim. At this point it is obvious that you are a voice crying in the wilderness for victims who would otherwise have no voice, but sooner or later the world will no longer be able to close its eyes to the truth. Your service to the weak and defenseless will never be forgotten, and you have my profound admiration and undying gratitude.

    • Hass

      True, but unfortunately for the Copt’s it’ll too late by the time the West decides to help.

      The Vatican needs to do more.

      • nader viktor

        obama is the killer of the christians in Middle east and USA by hands of Al Qaeda , he gave them the weapons training and money , they be strong and kill you in USA as boston

  • bleedinell

    We’re dealing with complete barbaric savages in the mid east, and for what?

  • Dyer’s Eve

    You are a beautiful man, Mr Ibrahim. Keep up the good work. May Christ smile on you and help us all. We need Him now more than ever.

    Oh, and I have ‘Crucified Again’ on order. I can’t wait to read it. I’m sure I will cry a river…

  • DK

    Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven–
    2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
    3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.
    4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.
    5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

    It is time for the Christians to rise up against the momamidists. They will then get their publicity. It will be negative, but that will be an improvement.

  • Gee

    Don’t worry – be happy should be Odumba’s theme song.

    He supports the Muslim Brotherhood and has never spoken out about the genocide of non-Muslims ever.

    Tells us all about his priorities

  • Mahmoud Aboulaila

    This article is full of lies. Kidnappers don’t differentiate whether the person they kidnap is a christian, or a muslim. Most of the churches burnt by thugs well-known to the governing authority, and under the auspice of the church – we never heard about any injured persons in burning more than 50 churches. I am already living in Egypt among christians, and there is no place for all what is told in that misleading article.

    • totallydomestic

      You sir are a liar

      • Mahmoud Aboulaila

        Are you an Egyptian, do you live in Egypt?, Who does know better?

        • defcon 4

          Your grade school Al Taqiyya lies won’t fly here mahmoud.

          • Mahmoud Aboulaila

            Al Taqiyya isn’t in Islam, your information is very mistaken. Al Taqiyya is in Rawafed ( Shia ) creed.

          • defcon 4

            Your holey prophet lied to the Jews of Khybar when he made a peace treaty he had no intention of keeping (and demonstrated it when he only announced the peace treaty null and void by attacking them). You might think the najjis kaffir are too stupid to see through your Al Taqiyya lies, but we’re not.

    • defcon 4

      Yeah the muslimes are just doing the Christians a favor by killing them aren’t they Mahmoud?

      • Mahmoud Aboulaila

        There is no war between muslims and christians in Egypt. Egypt has a very bad security situation, and kidnappers aren’t religious people, they just kidnap for the cause of ransoms and money. If there is hundred christians kidnapped, there is thousand muslims kidnapped.

        • defcon 4

          LOL, do you actually believe your own lies Mahmoud? Are you really that stupid?

  • Marvin E. Fox

    It is easy to see the American mainstream Media cares little about what happens to Christians in Egypt, or any other country including the United States. The Muslim Brotherhood has replaced the Nazi murderers of the Jews, and has added christians to its grizzly murders. It is difficult to believe our mainstream Media simply doesn’t know it is happening. I think a better term might be ‘complicit neglect.’
    As Muslims are fond of repeating, “God is great,” and my guess is our great God is about to lose patience with both the murderers of His Christians and those practicing ‘complicit neglect.’
    Marvin Fox

  • defcon 4

    SOme Coptic Christians from Egypt spoke to my ACT for America chapter once, they were honest about the persecution they experienced at the hands of the muslimes in Egypt, but things have obviously gotten worse for Coptic Christians since then. I’ll pray for the Coptic Christians, in the same way I pray for all those who are being murdered, persecuted and raped by muslimes in the here and now.