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When Copts reject ‘conciliating’ with their attackers

  That many Copts in Egypt are victims of attacks by fanatic Muslims is a fact beyond dispute. That in the wide majority of cases the victimised Copts are coerced into licking their wounds or ‘conciliating’ with their attackers is another…

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MARED protesting

    The rights group Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination (MARED) held a demonstration on Saturday 13 August at noon in front of the High Court in Downtown Cairo to express support with the Minya Copts who were victim of attacks by fanatic…

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Pope Tawadros speaks up

   The Crisis Management committee of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod convened Monday 25 July to discuss the successive attacks waged by Muslim extremists against Copts in several provinces in Egypt, notably Minya and Beni Sweif, and which left one…

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Why Minya?

        The recent wave of attacks against Copts in Egypt has revealed that the majority of these attacks occurred in the province of Minya in Upper Egypt. This fact has brought to the surface a question many Egyptians are asking: Why…

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The Copts' pain…and bitterness

In Watani International, we have an extensive archive based on, among other things, topic. The ‘Sectarian’ topic, as all others, is arranged chronologically—a fact which gives a clear indication of how intense and how frequent violence against Copts takes place.…

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Amreya Copts threatened: Leave or we’ll kill you

 Al-Amreya, [pronounced al-Amriya] some 30km south of Alexandria, is a district like few others in Egypt in that it is characterised by an overwhelmingly Salafi population. Salafis are ultra conservative Muslims that call for emulating the manner in which the…

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Islamists block the erection of a licensed church

 As Pope Tawadros arrived in Samalout last Sunday to begin his memorable three-day visit to Minya, Samalout Copts rushed to welcome him with joy. But outside Samalout bishopric, dozens of Copts from the village of al-Galaa’ gathered not merely in…

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Copt accused of ridiculing Islam

The village of Demian in Bilqas, Daqahliya, west of the Delta, was the scene of sectarian tension last week as Islamists in the village rallied against the village Copts. The reason behind the rally was that the young Copt, Michael…

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Copts in Sohag kidnapped and killed

 The Copts in the governorate of Sohag some 450km south of Cairo have been raising complaints to the highest level of authorities in Egypt because of the daily crimes committed against them while the police does nothing to protect them.…

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Sectarian riots in Minya kill one Copt, three Muslims

Thursday and Friday 28 and 29 November saw the Copts in the villages of Badraman and Nazlet Ebeid in Minya region in Upper Egypt come under attack from extremist Muslims. In case of Badraman, the violence erupted in the wake…

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