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Egypt Needs A Girl's Day

Coptic Christian girls are being kidnapped by Salafists at record numbers, according to a recent article by World Watch Monitor. A former Islamic kidnapper, identified as ‘G,’ explains that these girls are often targeted.

“A group of kidnappers meets in a mosque to discuss potential victims. They keep a close eye on Christians’ houses and monitor everything that’s going on. On that basis, they weave a spider’s web around [the girls].”

Sometimes the strategy can be deception. A girl is romanced by a kidnapper, who expresses his desire to convert to Christianity. With such a promise, she is convinced to run away with him. In other instances, it can be more straightforward.

“15-year-old Neveen Adly Beshai Sawiris was pushed into a car with force by two men as she walked along a street in Cairo. Her 38-year-old kidnapper later confessed he had forged her papers to show her as an over-18 and married her.”

In June, Marilyn—a sixteen-year-old Christian—fell victim to a fake romance kidnapping. Her father told World Watch Monitor,

“I filed a report in two police stations, and I gave the names of the kidnappers and the place where they hid my daughter. But the police haven’t arrested them.”

Eventually, the police did step in. World Watch Monitor reports that on September 30, Marilyn’s kidnappers were arrested and she was returned to her family. In the end, Marilyn was separated from her family for 92 days.

But her story could have ended much differently. The police response to this epidemic is not what it should be. Kidnappings are reported by police as a girl simply having gone missing. Police, at times, have supplied confiscated drugs to kidnappers who use them to “weaken [the girls’] resistance.” Ebram Louis, an Egyptian Human Rights Activist, says that families have been told by police not to search for their daughters because they have “converted to the right religion.”

Have you heard about this epidemic from your evening news source? Have you read about it in your local newspaper? Is anybody on your social media sites talking about this? This should outrage you, America. 

I suppose we had other things to think about yesterday, as we celebrated Girl’s Day—more important things, like making sure girls can join the Boy Scouts

Written by Sarah Moore

Sarah lives and works in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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