Christian girls in Egypt are being kidnapped, raped, made to convert
and forced into marriages due to the “twin-headed cultural hydra” of
“deep-seeded Muslim and male supremacism,” warns a 2012 study that is
getting renewed attention.
International Christian Concern is reporting
that 2014 has already seen a spike in the number of Christian girls in
Egypt being abducted. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, rapes, forced
conversions, forced marriages and even being forced into working without
pay (slavery) are all major problems.
Just four attorneys said they had over
550 cases over five years of Christian girls applying to have their
religious identity restored by the Egyptian government after being
kidnapped and forced into converting to Islam. One attorney said he
personally knew of at least 1,600 cases of forced conversions.
On February 28, a 15-year old girl
named Amira Hafez and her mother went to church in Egypt. Hafez took a
quick trip to the store and never returned. When her parents filed the
police report, they were fairly certain of who the police should
interview: Yasser Mahmoud, an Egyptian soldier stationed nearby that
used to protect their church....