The Culture Ministry’s Cultural Development Fund has given a generous gift of more than 8000 books to church libraries in Upper Egypt, which had been burned by the Muslim Brothers (MB) in August 2013. Back then, the MB supporters of the ousted president Muhammad Mursi had, in revenge for the breakup by the police of their five-week sit-in in Cairo, waged an attack against the Copts in Upper Egypt, torching some 100 churches, Church-owned institutions, schools, homes, and businesses. Among the losses were several church libraries.
The Culture Ministry’s gift included 5300 books for the library of the church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Minya, and another 3000 for the libraries of the Evangelical Church in Minya and St Michael’s in Qena. The Ministry said that the gift was to “support the cultural and enlightenment activity of the church libraries in Upper Egypt.”
7 September 2014