ALook at the Persecution of Christians Around the World Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. 2: 10).
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Imagine your 12-year-old daughter or granddaughter is on her way home from school. Several men
jump out of a van and abduct her.
Then they beat and rape her every day
That is what happened to Engy
Adel. Her tragic story exposes life in
Egypt for Christians, particularly after
the “Arab Spring.” Below is an excerpt
from “Abductions, Forced Marriages,
and Conversion of Christian Girls in
Egypt” in the November 2011 online
newsletter Persecution, published by
International Christian Concern. The
revolting details provide only a brief
glimpse into the nightmare Christians
face in Muslim countries:
[The] story is merely one among
hundreds involving the disappearances of Christian girls following
Egypt’s revolution. The lawlessness
ruling Egypt’s streets and the lack of
justice applied in her courts has
emboldened radical Islamists to target
Egypt’s most vulnerable and defenseless minority—Christians.
In April of 2010, U.S. officials
recognized for the first time the disappearances of Christian girls in
Egypt as a form of human trafficking. Eighteen members of Congress
wrote to the State Department’s
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) office
concerning “reports of abductions,
forced marriages, and exploitation of
Coptic women and girls in Egypt.”
They also stated that human trafficking in Egypt is often accompanied by
acts of violence, including rape,
beatings, and other forms of physical
and mental abuse.
Few cases epitomize the harsh
reality of human trafficking in Egypt
more than that of 12-year-old Engy
Adel who was fortunate enough to
escape and tell about the barbarity
she experienced. Engy was abducted while on her way home from
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school in Alexandria. Interviewed on
Al-Hayat television, she explained
I was coming out of school on a normal
day going home. Then there was a van
and some guys who came out of the
van and began following me. Then two
of them grabbed me and tied my arms
and pushed me into the van. I woke up
and found myself in an apartment. . . .
A man called Sultan took me into the
room and tied my hands behind my
back and raped me. Another four
entered in and, one after the other, they
raped me. Each raped me and was brutally hurting my body as if I was their
enemy. They beat me so heavily . . .
that I could neither eat, drink nor sleep.
All they cared for was that I took the
drugs [so they could] rape me.
Another group of men came and
took me away from them. I stayed with
them two days and I don’t know how
these two days passed by. There were
five of them. They were all in the room
with me at the same time. I couldn’t
tell the difference between day and
night—I was raped 24/7. No less than
50 men raped me. After that my father
found me and brought me back home.
Engy’s captivity lasted for months
until her father, Adel Wassily, found
her after being notified of her location
by an anonymous caller.
Like Engy, victimized girls are often
underage Christians from poor, uneducated families. Muslim men use societal
prejudices to their advantage, knowing
that police officers and court officials
will not give a poor Coptic family the
time of day. . . . Once Muslim kidnappers force their victim to sign documents claiming she married and converted to Islam, the hope of her return
is all but lost.
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