Persecution of Copts going unnoted

Thursday, December 10, 2015
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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.

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