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Police complacency toward the kidnapping of Coptic Christians in Egypt has fostered a climate of impunity, according to a Christian persecution charity. The phenomenon of kidnapping Coptic Christians for ransom has spread in Minya province, the latest of which occurred last fortnight.

A group kidnapped a five-year-old boy, Kastor Amir Bushra, from Dafash village in Upper Egypt on the morning of 21 October. They scaled the rear wall of the home owned by his father, Amir Bushra, and broke into the apartment on the second floor. They then went to the child’s bedroom where he, his 12-year-old sister and 9-year-old brother slept.

Taking the boy, they left a mobile phone on his bed and fled the house. The kidnappers later contacted the child’s father via the mobile phone, demanding a ransom of 200,000 EGP ($34,500) in exchange for his son.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Christian Today

Prayer Points

  • Please pray for wisdom and dedication for Egyptian authorities to bring about the safe return of this young boy and to prevent further kidnappings.
  • Pray for Kastor’s protection; may he know God’s comforting presence and care so that he will not fear.
  • Pray for the child’s family to have firm faith and hope in the Lord, their refuge; pray that they will continue to trust Him.

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