Egyptian Christians of Assiut residing in Qatar appealed to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to step in and demand that the security authorities in Assiut should work for the security of their families home. They were referring to the Copts of the village of Ruzqet al-Deir which lies in the vicinity of the Deir al-Maharraq monastery in Qousiya, Assiut, some 350km south of Cairo.
In an online message which carried their signatures, the Assiut Copts said that their families in Ruzqet al-Deir had to endure almost unendurable agony day in day out because they are left unprotected at the mercy of local thugs who force them to pay tribute or ransom money for their lives and their property. In many cases, the thugs come from outside the village to terrorise the unprotected, well-to-do Copts.
The expatriate Copts online message to the President came in the wake of the murder of a kidnapped Copt and the injury of another at the hands of the local thugs, because they had not been ransomed.
“The fear and petrifying worry for our families far away back home has turned our lives here into living hell,” the Qatar Copts message read. “We have sadly noted the apathy with which Qousiya police handles the issue; we therefore call upon you to swiftly and firmly intervene for the rescue our children from the destiny that appears to surely await them: robbery, kidnap, or murder.”
9 September 2014