Rising violence against Christian women in Egypt. By Ashraf Ramelah

Christian girl, Rania, disappears in alleged kidnapping: The disappearance of a minor girl from her Christian family usually turns out to be an incident of kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam. One week into this year, a 17 year-old girl, Rania Eed Fawzy, was found missing from her family home in the village of Al Kiati in the Al Minea province of Upper Egypt. Family members of the missing girl filed a complaint with the local police that a Muslim male named Rabee Radi Naghi had taken their daughter against her will. Their family attorney contacted the Egyptian Attorney General, Nabil Ahmed Sadek, in Cairo with a request to remove Rania from hiding and deliver her to one of the Christian Orthodox homeless youth shelters. Attorney General Sadek refused the request, and the local district Attorney’s office refuses to disclose the hidden location of the girl. (Normally in such cases the local authorities know where the kidnap victim is kept.) Instead, the family attorney received a glib answer from the prosecutor, “the girl embraced Islam, what do you want?” It is important to note that a child in Egypt is considered a minor until age 21. Until of age, conversion from one religion to another is illegal. However, in such kidnapping cases the authorities always settle the issue by accepting the minor Christian girl’s “conversion” to Islam; however, never the other way around. In conversion from Islam to Christianity complaints police go above and beyond their role to retrieve the girl and warn her of death from apostasy. Inherent in such kidnapping cases is the tradition that authorities (mosque, local law enforcement, Al-Ahzar Institute and the courts) cooperate together to develop and support the religious and financial life of a Muslim youth. First, the mosque teachings of Quranic verses and doctrinal jihad encourage the luring of non-Muslim girls. The mosque offers their boys a price list assigning Christian girls a monetary value according to family wealth. The boy is propelled into operation (kidnapping) which is then backed up by local police and the attorney general’s office. Coptic Christian families know that the prospect is never good for receiving their daughter back home again. In the majority of cases, the daughter is lost forever to the Muslim community. Pressure and cleverness, not to mention persistence, must be applied to the situation in order for any hope of her return. The family attorney’s request to have Rania returned to a shelter was to avoid further inflaming the situation by public humiliation (insult) of the Muslim community if the kidnapped girl were returned to her rightful home. Christian Coptic girls singled out Such cases suit the purposes of ideological jihad. By removing a non-Muslim young woman of child-bearing age from the Christian community adding her to the Muslim girl population to bear Muslim children serves to increase the Muslim population while decreasing Christian numbers. Body of dead woman found in canal north of Cairo waiting to be identified by Christian family from village of Saft Elaban: Twenty-seven year old Samira Shokry Kamel, wife and mother of three daughters, is still missing after she left her residence in the village of Saft Elaban (Al Minea) on November 18, 2016 to withdraw money from the bank for holiday gifts. Samira’s family stated that 11 days later on November 29 an attorney from Nasser city (Cairo) initiated a lawsuit on Samira’s behalf indicating that she embraced Islam and changed her name to Iman. In addition, she demanded a divorce from her husband, custody of her daughters and possession of their apartment. Her attorney said that Imam Mustafa Abed El Gani, a professor at Al Azhar University, engaged his services. Relatives met with her attorney who would not allow them to meet with Samira, but only with the professor who introduced Samira to him. The Imam claimed that Samira embraced Islam, but he also refused the family request to meet with her. Clearly, Samira was being held hostage. The professor described meeting Samira for the first time when she came with two men, one, an Imam from a village (Samalut) near her home and the other the professor refused to identify. The Imam from Samalut is behind every girl disappearing from that village. The local detective chief stated to the family that the Samalut Imam’s activity in kidnapping and forced conversions is well known to them. However, the head detective categorically refuses to take any action against his criminal activity. The family went to the office of Al-Ahzar Authority to check for the deposited certificate verification of her conversion to Islam which would be on file after a kidnapping. None was produced. A meeting followed with Samira’s attorney who suggested that Samira could be returned to her family for a ransom. At this point, the family decided to verify Samira’s attorney’s Power of Attorney registration at the documentation office. There was none, nor was there an existing court number related to Samira’s lawsuit. Finally, the local police of Samira’s town informed family members of a dead woman’s unidentified body found in the canal north of Cairo. They were asked to come to Cairo to identify the body. As of yet we do not know the outcome.

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