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Egypt: Officials force Christians to move grave of young boy far from Muslims, falsely claim they had no permits

Persecution of Christians in Egypt: we remain in prayer for our brothers and sisters of the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church in Egypt as they are persecuted on a nearly daily basis for their faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, often by governing officials who should be protecting them, as in this case. The family’s grief over the loss of their young son is compounded by this official harassment and intransigence.

Not only the Copts, but also our 300,000 Greek Orthodox brothers and sisters in Egypt suffer sporadic persecution, discrimination, and harassment, and as we see so often, frequently Egyptian officials do little or nothing to alleviate their plight.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Egypt, see here.

“Egyptian Officials Refuse Burial of Christian Child,” International Christian Concern, August 21, 2020:

08/21/2020 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – Local Egyptian officials in the New Valley Province (Frafra Center) have forced Christians to remove the burial plot of a young boy buried there four days earlier. The child, Samer Mark Maher, was buried on a piece of land behind Mary Mina Church as per usual practice. The governor, however, claimed that there were no permits and ordered that the Christians remove the body to a place far from Muslims.

A lawyer representing the Christians in this case said to local media, “The Copts (Christians) there don’t have an official place to bury their bodies. Usually, they were burying the bodies in land behind their church. The nearest village which contains Coptic burials is far, around 100 kilometres from the dead child’s village.”

He continues, “(The) council members and central administration are intransigent. They want to remove the Copts burials and move all of the Copts dead bodies to the other place. Even though the Copts have all the permits (since) four years ago, they received the land and surrounded it by steal.”

Egyptian authorities have the obligation to ensure burial places for citizens. But since the government is Islamic, and Christians cannot be buried in Muslim cemeteries, discrimination in death is not an unusual occurrence….

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