There has been a spike in the kidnappings of Christians in Egypt, further evidence of the precarious situation of the minority religious community in the embattled country, according to an investigation by the Christian Science Monitor.
Quoting church officials and Christian activists, correspondent Kristen Chick reported on Tuesday that more than 100 Egyptians in the last two and a half years have been kidnapped for ransom in southern Egypt, nearly all of them Christians. In particular, since the deadly clashes in mid-August between police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters during which hundreds were killed, “there has been a sharp increase in kidnappings.”
Of those, more than 80 have been kidnapped in Minya Province which is home to a large Christian population. “And victims, activists, and church officials say the police have largely ignored the problem, rarely taking steps to stop the kidnappers or bring them to justice,” Chick wrote.
The Christian Science Monitor wrote that Minya could be referred to as “Egypt’s capital of kidnappings. More people have been snatched in this city and Province than in any other place in southern Egypt.”