AFRICA/EGYPT - 18-year-old Coptic girl missing; demonstrations against the scourge of "targeted" kidnappings against Christians

Monday, 8 February 2016 sectaniarism

Minya (Agenzia Fides) - More than 150 Coptic Christians took part in a sit-in convened last night, Sunday, February 7, in front of the provincial administration office in Minya, to sensitize the authorities and police forces regarding the case of an 18-year-old Coptic girl who has been missing for several days. The family of the 18-year-old, resident in the city of Samalot, are convinced that the girl was kidnapped.
Kidnappings that target Christians remain a scourge for the Coptic community in many areas of Egypt. Already several appeals have been launched by Christian organizations to Egyptian authorities, including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, so that adequate measures are taken to combat this phenomenon (see Fides 08/07/2014). These flash kidnappings usually end up with ransom demands based on the economic possibilities of the families of the hostages. But in several cases, the kidnappings have ended with the death of the hostages. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 08/02/2016)