EGYPT – As violent unrest continues to throw Egypt into chaos, Christians are increasingly finding themselves to be the targets of persecution and abuse.
Presently, the greatest threat to Egyptian Christians comes from supporters of Mohamed Morsi—the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president who was ousted last month. According to recent statistics, only 13% of Egypt’s 85 million residents are Christians, while 85% are Muslim.
This week, the Maspero Youth Union (MYU)—a Coptic activist organization—have been providing detailed reports of violence committed against Christians and Catholics. On Friday, the group posted a thorough list of the many buildings that have been attacked and terrorized in recent days, saying that some Copts have even been killed while attempting to defend their church buildings.
“Maspero Youth Union continue to monitor and record the attacks against our churches,” MYU’s Facebook page reads, “and we demand the government to provide security and protection against the wave of hatred and terrorism Copts are facing.”
The youth organization’s list of vandalized Christian and Catholic-owned buildings include 32 churches that were “completely destroyed, burned and looted;” eight churches that were “attacked and partially damaged;” nine schools, libraries, and other Coptic ministry buildings that were “burned and looted;” and at least 114 houses and shops owned by Copts that have been severely damaged.