Thursday, January 26, 2006

رســــالة طفل شـــــهيد

الطفل القبطى الشهيد جرجس شحات
بقلم : اشرف يواقيم

أنــا كنت في عمـر الورد طــفل ومليـــان أحــــــلام
ومـلاك موجــود ع الأرض بين أهلــه بخير وســــلام
قالــوا عنى وريث للمجــد وجــدودي بنــاة أهـــــرام
معرفـش طريق الحقـــد ولا يـــوم صـادفتنــي آلام
بعينـــيً الاتـنيـن شـــــفت كـان واقــع مش أوهــــام
الخـوف في بيـوت القبـط وعيـون مش قادرة تنـــام
وسـكت قلبى عـن النبض، دي حكـايتــى مـع الأيــــام
أنا شــفت الأقـصر غابــــة مليانــه وحوش وديابــــه وبتنهش في الأقبـاط
قطعـوا التليفـــون والنــور وبـإذن مـن المـــأمــــــور منعوهم م الصلـــوات
أصوات صرخـــــات وأنين تشـتكى يا مســيحي لمين؟ الظلم من الحكومـات
النــار مســـكت فـي الــدار والـدم اهـو ســـال أنهــار عودة لعهـد الغزوات
مهمـا العذابـات هتطـــــول كنيستنا دي مش ها تزول ع الصخر أساسها متين
أجـدادي كمـــان أبطـــــــال شـــهداء عـبر الأجيــــال بإيمان غلبوا الشياطين
يا صليب يفضل مرفـــــوع ونعيش على اسم يســوع مســــيحيين مـصريين
ياهاموت على اسمه شهيد وها ضيف للأعيـاد عــيـد يفرح بـه الســـمائيين

President of Cyprus accuses Turkey of destroying churches

Interfax News Agency:


President of Cyprus Tassos Papandopoulos accused Turkey of destroying churches in the northern part of the island. ‘I consider it my duty to remind of the destruction of Christian churches and desecration of the holy sanctuaries in the part of our homeland occupied by the Turkish army’, Papandopoulos said at the ceremony for the presentation of the award of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Nations held in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

According to the head of the State of Cyprus, ‘the criminal Turkish occupation’ of the last thirty years has led to the ‘organized pillage of the Christian holy sites and systematic plundering’ of the Orthodox cultural heritage in the northern part of the Cyprus.

Earlier that same day Papandopoulos met Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia and told him that during the years of occupation about 350 Orthodox churches had been destroyed or used as entertainment facilities or even stalls for cattle.

The President of Cyprus expressed his gratitude to Alexy II for ‘unremitting attention to the destiny of the Cypriots and profound knowledge of the problems of Cyprus.’

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Video: Procession of the Martyrs

The funeral of the two Coptic martyrs in Udayssat, Luxor
Mr. Kamal Shakir
And
The Coptic child Guirgis Shehata who died out of fear and terror of the Muslim rampage against the Copts in Udayssat
Click here to watch the procession (Courtesy of the US Copts association)
The Coptic crowd in the procession are chanting Kiriya Eliyson "Lord Have Mercy"

Copts held the funeral at the unlicensed church , which appears to be a sign of protest against Egypt’s 150-year-old Hamayouni law that governs the building and basic upkeep of non-Muslim places of worship.
The legislation creates unequal treatment of mosque and church construction, and Copts complain that it has been abused to stifle Christian activity.

The problem of unregistered place of worship in Udaysaat is not isolated. “Most of the churches in Upper Egypt are unlicensed,” Sidhom- Editor of Watani newspaper commented to Compass.

Many churches, such as St. George’s in the Sohag province, have had their applications for official registration stalled for years by government officials.
The Coptic congregation in the village of Bani Khalid has been unsuccessfully applying for church registration since authorities closed down the church building in 1990.
St. Mary's church, in the east side of Mallawi, El Minia province has been closed since 1986 depriving over 25000 local Copts from their right of worship. All Coptic calls on the Egyptian government to reopen the church have fallen on deaf ears.

An eyewitness account of events in Luxor, Egypt










Even animals were not spared in the Luxor rampage against Copts



At around 6:30 PM on 1/18/2006, and per the orders of security officials in the village of Udayssat, electricity was deliberately cut off the entire region, five minutes later a multitude of Muslims – over 5000 of them- started their rampage against the Coptic church in the village using metal chains, swords, wood sticks and axes, nothing protected the Copts inside the church except for the grace of God and their presence inside church; despite this, around 300 Copts were injured.

Security officials blocked the wounded Copts from seeking medical help under the pretext that their names were not documented among the wounded. However, 20 of them managed to make it to the local hospital. The only ambulance that arrived to the scene was wrecked by the mob of extremists and radicals. The security chief threatened the priest in charge of the church and literally told him "The security forces are not here to protect you, but rather to prevent you from praying, and you will not be allowed to pray in church"

As for Mr. Ali Al Udayssi, the Shura Council representative of the region, he is personally involved in inciting the crowd, as a matter of fact; his father had burned the same church in 1968.


We are pleading for HELP so that the Copts of Udayssat be allowed to return back to their homes and practice their normal daily life, we are still terrified and unable to go back fearing the aggression of the Muslims of the village.

The Egyptian media has falsely reported that the burned church was a guest house, yet the church was established in 1960 and burned once in 1968 by the father of the current representative of Udassat in the Egyptian Shura Council, the church was renovated afterwards in 1969.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Beating and Humiliating Copts in Cairo: Revealing the Egyptian Police's Ugly Face

On January 9th 2006, a woman named Hanan tried to buy some clothes from the Good Shepherd Center in Cairo's district of Shobra, which has a high Coptic concentration. The clothes were worth L.E. 270 but the woman tried to buy them for only 150.

Reymond, the owner's son, and Theresa, a shopkeeper refused. One hour later the woman returned with a large number of police forces and detectives from the Rod El Farag police station.

They ruined the center's goods and arrested Reymond and Theresa in a humiliating manner. Both were brought to the police station where they were accused of stealing L.E. 750 from Hanan. There, Reymond and Theresa learned that the woman was a relative of a police officer. Reymond's father was called to the Rod El Farag police station, where the officer who runs the station, namely Mahmoud El Sayed, threatened him saying: "Either you pay or your son will be humiliated and put in jail and tried for theft!" As the father insisted on his son's innocence and accused the woman of lying, the officer screamed at him saying: "Get out you thieves, I can put you in jail as well. As if we don't have enough problems with Reymonds, Theresas, Georges, Abdelmessihs, and all that garbage." (All are Christian names) The father was understandibly troubled, for he realized the story was religion-fueled, and that the officer was dicriminating against him, his son, and Theresa because of their Christianity.

When the father was taken to where Theresa and Reymond were detained, he found Theresa begging the woman and saying: "Ma'm, I'm like your daughter, would you accept for your daughter to be humiliated like this?" But the woman interrupted her: "Shut up you felth! You are nothing but a thief and a shopkeeper. My daughter is a physician!".

Then an officer called Mohamed EL Barbary got up and slapped Reymond and Theresa on their faces a number of times and screamed at the father's face: "Won't we ever finish with your headache? We can do more to your son and put him in jail, so you'd better pay the woman L.E. 750 and end that story." Fearing for his son and the shopkeeper, the father decided to give the woman the sum she wanted saying: "I entrust this money to God." So she pulled the money saying: "As if you (Christians) know God!".

The woman subsequently left with the officer in a police car with plates 21/2779.

For one last time, the officer looked at the father threating him: "I will teach you a good lesson! I will show up at the center and make you piss on yourselves when you see me!" A complaint was sent to the minister of interior dated Janaury 9th 2006, and another was sent to the head of the State security. Obviously no action was taked by either of them.

Egyptian Security Forces Inspire the Muslim Crowd to Attack the Copts

Muhammad Nour, Security Chief of Luxor tells Fr. Sarabamoun : These forces are not here to protect the Copts but to prevent them from praying in church:

Security Chief has asked Fr. Sarabamoun,- the priest of Holy Virgin Mary Church in the village of Udayasaat, Luxor- to enter the church, once he did and saw the alters he informed the priest not to pray and to leave the church, later on he informed the security forces that their mission is not to protect the Copts nor the church but to prevent them from praying. Afterwards the Muslim crowd started attacking the church and the Copts in a barbaric way at 7:00 PM on Wednesday night ( January 18, 2006) , the raid continued till 2:00 AM despite the heavy presence of security forces


You can listen to Fr. Sarabamoun's description (in Arabic) of the sorrowful events by clicking here
Fr. Sarabamoun is making an urgent plea for HELP to protect the innocent Copts against the aggression of the Egyptian government and the barbaric attacks of the Muslims in the village of Udaysaat, Luxor.


Mr. Kamal Shakir Megala'a, seen here- died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the attack


Friday, January 20, 2006

Photos of the Coptic victims in Luxor





More photos can be found at mychristianblood blog
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