14 October 2011

The aftermath in Cairo: move violence against Christians

Christians have long endeavored to united their sufferings to the sufferings of Jesus Christ to "complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, Church" (Colossians 1:24).  Today we can unite our sufferings with those of our brothers and sisters in Cairo after Sunday's brutal attack by the Egyptian military.

The Assyrian International News Agency reported two days ago - I'm slow in reading the report - that bricks were thrown at the Coptic mourners after the hospital in which many of the dead Copts were:
In Cairo, thousands of Copts marched to attend the funeral of the victims of what they termed the "October 9 Military Massacre." They congregated in front of the Coptic hospital where most of the dead and injured were transported, and which was attacked the night before by Muslims, who hurled bricks and Molotov Cocktails at the victims' families.
As if this weren't bad enough, it seems the government is purposefully disguising - or lying - about the cause of death of many of the victims so the guilty will go free:
According to priests and Coptic lawyers who were present at the Coptic Hospital, where the victims were brought, the death certificates issued by the authorities were misleading and did not reflect the true cause of death, which might let the assailants get away with the crime. Certificates showed the cause of death as being "stab wounds" and "cardiac arrest caused by fear."
But the man conducting the autopsies, Dr. Maged Lewis, had never see corpses such as those of the dead copts.  "Bodies were mashed and bones were crushed," he said; "many had fractures and laceration of the intestines; while in others, death was caused by gun shots."

After burying their dead, the Copts were again assaulted:
On their way back after the burial the mourners were attacked by armed thugs who blocked the way and hurled Molotov cocktails at them; gun shots were heard. They sought shelter and called the army emergency phone line for help, they waited until the morning but no one came.
Please, pray for the Christians in Egypt as those in authority refuse to come to their aid.

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