Persecution of Copts going unnoted

Thursday, December 10, 2015
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

ISIS beheadingsA Christian human rights organization says a growing number of Egyptian Coptic Christians have lost their lives at the hands of jihadist militants in Libya.

The video beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians drew a lot of attention earlier in the year, but the slaughter continues. Just last month, Islamic militants abducted and shot and killed two Egyptian Christian brothers in the desert of western Libya. 

Todd Daniels with International Christian Concern explains that it's common for Coptic Christians from Upper Egypt to travel to Libya to take better-paying jobs in the construction industry. But he adds it's very risky as Islamic extremists gain more and more control of parts of Libya.

"Within that context, you have free rein for these extremist groups to identify Christians and go into the housing complexes and pull them out,” he says. “They go door-to-door searching for Christians - that's happened on a number of occasions."

Dozens of Christians remain trapped in Libya without a safe way to return home, says Daniels.

"They feel stuck, and now after what happened with these two brothers, they almost feel afraid to leave the housing complex and even be able to go to work,” he says. “And so they've issued a call to the Egyptian foreign ministry to really engage and find solutions for them to be able to safely leave the country."

Daniels says these latest deaths have largely gone unnoticed.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When you hear the term 'moderate Democrat,' what comes to mind?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

US leads training exercises in Africa amid focus on Sahel
Bloomberg : 3 women can be released on non-disclosure deals
At Trump’s India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image
Sanders condemns Russian influence in election
Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus
Wells Fargo to pay $3B to resolve probes into fake accounts
South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak
Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Bernie Sanders riled by reports Moscow has meddled in election to aid his campaign
Untraceable coronavirus clusters emerge, worrying health officials
Trump accuses 'crazy' Dems of 'disinformation,' predicts Nevada caucus problems during Vegas rally
Top Democrat says DNC Chair Perez has got to go
MSNBC contributor calls out 'racist liberal whites' who support Bernie Sanders, and the campaign just responded

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Indian state bans Christianity, other non-Hindu religions

IndiaA Christian human-rights organization is urging people to speak out for hundreds of Christian families that are being banned from practicing their faith in India.