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Law for Building and Restoring Churches: Trouble in Sohag

   Problems on hold  When the Law for Building and Restoring Churches was passed in September 2016, it aroused heated controversy. Some Egyptians were elated that the long-awaited legislation had finally seen light and were optimistic about it. Others were sceptical and…

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Sohag: ready, set, go…

  On 10 April, the southern province of Sohag celebrates its National Day. Watani offers its readers a glimpse into this little-known but fascinating region and its rich history   It has suffered years of depression. A 1995 FAO survey revealed that more…

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Sohag Copts: All we want is to pray

Efforts to persuade the Muslim villagers of al-Naghameesh in Dar-as-Salam, Sohag, some 450km south of Cairo, to allow the village Copts to practise their religious rites have so far failed. In line with the efforts of the local politicians to resolve…

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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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Sohag Copt captured by IS in Libya

A state of apprehension and anxiety prevails among the Copts of al-Manshaat in Sohag, Upper Egypt, some 550km south of Cairo, in the wake of news that one of the local Copts has been captured by the Islamic State (IS)…

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Church opened, church closed

     The church of Mar-Mina in the village of Ezbet Yacoub in Samalout, Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, has been opened for prayers after little less than four months of forced closure for security reasons. The first Mass was held…

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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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In Tama, Sohag

The initial security report regarding the massive fire which last week erupted in the church of the Holy Virgin in the village of Tama, Sohag, in Upper Egypt The initial security report regarding the massive fire which last week erupted…

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Church on fire in Sohag

A massive fire erupted at 11pm last night in the church of the Holy Virgin in the village of Tama, Sohag, in Upper Egypt, and spread to several Coptic-owned neighbouring houses. There were no casualties, but a number of individuals…

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Pope Tawadros in Sohag

Upper Egyptians in Sohag, some 470km south of Cairo, were elated at receiving Pope Tawadros II for a two-day visit that ended yesterday. This is the second visit the Pope pays to Upper Egypt since he became patriarch of the…

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