Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in Egypt Crisis

updates in progress

The Adventist Church in Assiut, Egypt, was burned by extremest attackers on August 14. Adventist Church officials stressed that the attack was not part of a wider political movement. The government has pledged to pay for the repairs of the extensive damage of many Christian churches in the region.│Photos: Amgad NegahANN

• Nile Union Academy volunteers evacuated ahead of protest marches

Local Muslims lock hands and surround the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Heliopolis to protect the property on Sunday, August 18, as approximately 300 protesters march by. This photo was taken by photojournalist Mohammed Abdel Moneim and is used with the permission of the Al Akhbar newspaper│ANN

... more in ANN│Aug 21


• In Egypt, mob burns Adventist Church in Assiut

EGYPT CHURCH
The Adventist Church in Assiut, Egypt, was burned by extremest attackers on August 14. Adventist Church officials stressed that the attack was not part of a wider political movement. The government has pledged to pay for the repairs of the extensive damage of many Christian churches in the region.│Photos: Amgad Negah│ANN

ASSIUT

The burning of a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city of Assiut during rioting last night was not part of a wider, organized political movement, local church officials said.

The Assiut Adventist Church, located approximately 220 miles south of Cairo, was attacked by a mob and heavily damaged after it was set on fire. The pastor and his wife hid in their upstairs apartment and were not found by the attackers, who set the building on fire. The pastor and his wife were rescued from the burning building by Muslim neighbors.

“This was a small group of people bent on doing harm. This event was not representative of Egypt or the people of Egypt,” said Llewellyn R. Edwards, president the Adventist Church’s Egypt-Sudan Field, based in Heliopolis.

“As Adventists we want our relationships to be strong with Egyptians of all faiths in the country,” Edwards said.

Muslim neighbors rescuing the Adventist couple shows “the true picture of most people in Egypt,” Edwards said.

Edwards said the government has announced it will pay for the rebuilding of all churches destroyed last night during rioting in several cities.

Several other Christian churches were also attacked in Assuit, as well as the shop of the Egypt Bible Society, Edwards said.

The Adventist Church operates two schools in Egypt – Nile Union Academy northeast of Cairo, and Zeitoun Adventist School. Both institutions have positive relationships with their communities, Edwards said
... more in ANN│Aug 16

ASSIUT, EGYPT
The Adventist Church in Assiut, Egypt, was burned by extremest attackers on August 14

'Horrible': Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched


"... Christians all around Egypt are cleaning up in the aftermath of a spate of attacks, which came on the country's deadliest day since the 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Bishop Angaelos, the Cairo-born head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, said he was told by colleagues in Egypt that 52 churches were attacked in a 24-hour span that started Wednesday, as well as numerous Christians' homes and businesses.

Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, told CNN he had confirmed attacks on at least 30 churches so far, in addition to the targeting of church-related facilities, including schools and cultural centers."
... more in CNN│Aug 16


• "Sectarianism: Post-Sit-in Dispersal" by Amira Mikhail

A list of Christian churches and properties reportedly targeted


Egyptian Protesters Turn Fury on Coptic Christians

"A mob set fire to and destroyed one Seventh-day Adventist church in Assiut, 200 miles from Cairo, a pastor in Cairo told ABC News.

Llewellyn R. Edwards, the president and pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Egypt and Sudan, in the Egyptian capital, said an Evangelical church and an Orthodox church had also been attacked.

'It appears to me that some extremists of the Muslim Brotherhood are seeking to make Christian churches and institutions a scapegoat for their anger,' Edwards said."
... more in ABC News | Aug 15

Egypt: Morsi Protesters Turn Anger on Coptic Christians


Twenty-five churches attacked since violent crackdown on pro-Morsi tent camps in Cairo

"President Obama said: 'We call on those who are protesting to do so peacefully and condemn the attacks that we've seen by protesters, including on churches.' A mob set fire and destroyed one Seventh-Day Adventist church in Assiut, 200 miles from Cairo ..."
... more in IBN│Aug 16

• United States Commission on International Religious Freedom│USCIRF Condemns Violence in Egypt


... more in USCIRF | Aug 16

Witness Accounts of Sectarian Attacks Across Egypt

... more in The New York Times, The Lede | Aug 16

Catholic spokesman defends Egyptian army crackdown against protesters

"The demonstrators 'burned various churches, including one of ours, the one belonging to the Franciscan convent in Assiut,' he said. They climbed the wall and entered the compound, burning the cars that were in the courtyard, setting on fire a souvenir stand, and then setting afire the church 'after having profaned it by throwing the tabernacle on the ground.'

They also burned an Orthodox church and a Seventh-day Adventist church in the city, the bishop said."
... more in Catholic News Service│Aug 16


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