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EGYPT: Riots Follow Blasphemy Accusation

EGYPT: Riots Follow Blasphemy Accusation

Egypt’s Minya Governorate region erupted in violence on 25 November after rumours spread that a young, barely literate Christian man named Girgis Sameeh posted a message on Facebook that was considered insulting to Islam.

In al-Barsha, Girgis’ hometown, hundreds of Muslims attacked the homes of Coptic Christians, also looting and destroying local businesses. The fury of the mob spread to the church of Abou Sefin, where the congregation was celebrating the beginning of a fast for the Advent season.

Thankfully, there were only a few reported injuries. Due to the intervention of a concerned Muslim neighbour, the family of Girgis received protection from the rioters. Following the skirmish, police arrested about a hundred Muslims and Christians, detaining those from both sides to avoid accusations of bias. At last report, 20 Muslims and ten Christians face two weeks’ detention for questioning.

In retaliation to the lockdowns imposed to stop further riots, some Muslim villagers resorted to burning farm buildings used for cattle and feed, as well as boycotting businesses owned by Christians.

Such violent outbursts are not uncommon in Egypt and are often based on rumours. Girgis’ brother cannot believe that he would do such a thing, saying, “That’s not how he was taught to behave.”

Sources: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, Mission Network News, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Watani

  • Ask God to provide His peace to this troubled Egyptian community. May the Christians of this region walk in obedience to God’s Word, serving as examples of His love.
  • Pray for wisdom for the local authorities and protection for Girgis and other innocent civilians caught up in the unrest.
  • Uphold those who are now without homes or businesses, and experiencing numerous hardships as a result. Ask the Lord to bless them with needed provision and restoration.

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NIGER: Christian Community Still Rebuilding After Riots

NIGER: Christian Community Still Rebuilding After Riots

January marked the anniversary of shocking riots that blazed across Niger in 2015 when radicalised Muslim mobs targeted Christian property, burned churches, looted pastors’ homes, and created a picture of hell on earth for the country’s tiny Christian minority.

On 16 and 17 January, angry protests erupted across all of Niger’s major cities, from the capital of Niamey to Maradi, from Zinder to Goure, and beyond, just nine days after the deadly Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, France.

Today, Christians in Niger are still picking up the pieces. Most churches destroyed one year ago still worshipped this past Sunday under charred and rickety roofs, congregations assembled in semi-permanent shelters, and pastors prepared sermons still without their theological libraries, many of which were lost to looters.

Nigerien Christians continue to face challenges as they experience the reality that Jesus promised that his followers would be hated. Niger stands situated in West Africa amidst a rising climate of Muslim extremism and animosity towards Christians.

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the comfort of friends and family of the victims who were murdered during the Niger attack; pray for their emotional and spiritual healing.
  • Praise God for the faithfulness of the Christians in the area who are determined to meet together despite the potential of further opposition.
  • Pray for the surviving victims to heal not just in body, but also in mind and spirit; pray they may be proud and courageous witnesses for the Gospel.

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