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Egypt: Death of Young Christian Soldier Suspicious

Egypt: Death of Young Christian Soldier Suspicious

Bishoy Kamel, 21, was seemingly brutally murdered in an altercation with a fellow soldier while serving a mandatory 25-month service with Egypt’s security forces. The official report records the death as “suicide by hanging.” But due to the multiple wounds on his body, Bishoy’s family rejects this statement.

“His body bore signs of torture and extensive violence,” Bishoy’s father recalls. “His forehead was protruding from swelling. He had an injury to his nose; clear bruises under his arm, his right ear and his right cheek; and other bruises to his back and abdomen. If someone would hang themselves, would they also injure their underarms? Would they beat their own back and stomach?”

Bishoy’s death is one of five similar cases, stretching back almost a decade. Interestingly, each of these deaths, predominantly attributed to suicide, had involved a Christian. Much to the families’ anguish, claims of religious bullying were never properly investigated by the authorities. Bishoy’s suspicious death was the third case involving a Christian in army or police service during the year 2015.

Source: World Watch Monitor

Prayer Points

  • Please pray for Bishoy’s family as they mourn their loss; may they rest in the comfort that Bishoy is now safe in the arms of Jesus.
  • Pray the death of Bishoy will not be in vain but rather may somehow be used by the Lord for the spiritual good of many throughout Egypt.
  • Pray the country’s military leaders will ensure proper investigations take place in cases of violence among their ranks.

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