Egypt Christians live in fear as attacks continue says Bishop Zakaria
Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, Egypt said that Christians in his country are running out of food, but are afraid to come out of their homes for fear of attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood. He explained that even those who have money cannot buy food because stores are closed. “I would like to help Christians but I can’t because I myself am confined to my home,” he said. He said that he was the victim of an August 16 attack by the members of Muslim Brotherhood. Fortunately, police arrived on the scene in time to protect him and two armored cars are now parked out front to shield his home.
However, the region is experiencing great unrest, with numerous Christian homes burned to the ground as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for death to Christians, he said. “Because of security we cancelled the celebrations of the Assumption, which we commemorate on August 22, not August 15,” he explained. “Everyone is at home and I myself have been at the bishop’s residence for 20 days now. Security officers have advised me not to leave.”
He said he thinks that the Muslim Brotherhood’s campaign against Christians for last month’s ousting of Egyptian President Morsi is senseless. “It is true that Christians took part in some demonstrations against him, but there were 30 million Egyptians, most of whom were Muslim, who protested against the deposed president,” he observed, voicing fears that “by attacking Christians they want to send Egypt into chaos.” “I make Pope Francis’ call for prayers for peace in Egypt my own,” the bishop said. “Only with dialogue and mutual respect can we get out of this dramatic situation.”
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