Son of a Coptic killed by extremists donates money to a mosque and a church

Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria

Son of a Coptic killed by extremists donates money to a mosque and a church

news.va and Jay Gotera/ aina.org

Young Coptic Michael Atef Munir, son of one of the victims of the massacre of the Coptic pilgrims killed on May 26 in a jihadist ambush, has announced he wants to donate the money that the Egyptian government set aside for the relatives of the victims of terrorism to a mosque and a church in the province of Minya.

The sum of 100,000 Egyptian pounds will be donated half to San Michele church, in the village of Fikriya, and the other half to the mosque in the village of Saft al-Labban. Atef Munir's son, shot by jihadists together with other 27 Coptics, made the announcement in early July during a Mass for the victims celebrated in the Monastery of San Samuele by Orthodox Bishop Crete Basilios, Abbot of the Monastery. At the end of the Mass, Watani.net reports, the governor of Minya, Essam al Bedeiwi, handed over to the families of the victims the sums made available to them by the Ministry of Social Solidarity.

Michel announced the family’s intention of wanting to donate the sum to the church and mosque. This gesture, Michel explained, aims to make it clear that the jihadist attempt to unleash clashes and divisions among Egyptian Coptic and Egyptian Muslims has had an opposite effect compared to what the terrorists wanted.

The Coptics massacred on May 26th were heading towards San Samuele Monastery when they were attacked by masked men. The terrorists killed at least 28 people, including ten children.

Meanwhile, the streams of blood from defenseless Copts massacred by extremists continue to drench Egypt--with no end in sight.

Three more Coptic were found dead in a span of eight days from the last week of June to the first week of July, with a fourth victim killed in late May, World Watch Monitor reported.

Even as the Coptic Orthodox Church held another memorial service on July 3 commemorating 40 days since the bus attack in Minya that killed 29 Copts on Ascension Day, hopes for an end to the sectarian killings remain dim.

Although the Coptic community has remained steadfast in their faith and has bravely faced the danger of living in a country where they faced intense persecution, some have expressed exasperation at the inability of the Egyptian government to protect them, adding that they have grown tired of being "martyrs" for their homeland.

The Egyptian government tried to flex its muscle and show the world that it does not condone extremist violence when it launched airstrikes recently on supposed militant-affiliated camps in Libya, which Egyptian authorities said had been involved in planning and executing attacks on Copts.

However, this action has done little to convince Copts that their government can protect them.

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 13:16
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