Egypt is still upside-down and sideways.
Nearly a month after a state of emergency was declared, the interim government has extended the order by two months.
This action gives security forces greater powers of arrest. In mid-August, authorities and protestors clashed violently over the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. That led to a backlash of violence that claimed nearly 1,000 lives in the days that followed, with Christians targeted as the scapegoat.
Open Doors CEO David Curry says, “Some of these extremist groups think that Christianity itself—the very existence of it—is problematic, so they’re trying to snuff it out. So there’s a confluence of events, which is making it very, very dangerous to be a follower of Jesus in Egypt.”
Ever since the state of emergency was declared, a nighttime curfew has also been in effect in much of the country. With that in place, how did Islamists manage the takeover of a Christian village in the south? Police can’t be everywhere and can’t protect everyone, Curry says. The lack of protection is especially dangerous for the residents in Dalga, which was taken over by hardliners a couple of weeks ago.