After publicly acknowledging his conversion from Islam to Christianity on Facebook, George who prefer to be called by his baptismal name also known as Hussein Mohammed was killed by his family in what they called ‘ honour killing’
According to International Christian Concern, his family knew of his conversion prior to these posts, and his uncle had made complaints about it to the Directorate of Security. However, the Facebook posts were a public acknowledgment of his conversion. Included in the photos was a picture of a cross tattoo that George had gotten on his wrist, a practice common among Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians.
On the Open door ranking, Egypt has ten percent Christians out of the Country’s population, on number 16 of the Watch List of worst nations for persecuting Christians. Despite Egyptian President el-Sisi has publicly expressed his commitment to protecting Christians; authorities are often reluctant to defend the fundamental rights of Christians because of the dominant Muslim culture. Egyptian Christians are left feeling insecure and extremely cautious and with good reason in report by CBNNEWS
Open Doors reports multiple attacks against Egyptian Christians in the last couple of years alone.
- In December 2017, a gunman opened fire in Cairo at a church and a nearby shop owned by Christians. 11 people died as a result of the attack.
- In July 2018, a mob attacked Christians in a village in Minya, when Muslim residents were angered by a Facebook post they believed to be blasphemous.
- Many Christian girls and women have become victims of sexual harassment, abduction, and rape. In just one month (April 2018), at least seven cases of abduction were documented.
- In early November 2018, Islamic State militants attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians from a monastery in Minya, killing eight and injuring more than 13 people.
According to Open Doors, social media has become a handy new tool for Islamic extremists to use against Christians.
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