More than 40 people were killed, and more than 100 wounded, in two separate attacks Sunday against Christian churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria in Egypt.
”Danmission is appalled by these senseless attacks against innocent people, who do nothing but practice their Christian beliefs on a peaceful Sunday in church”, Jørgen Skov Sørensen, Danmission’s Secretary General, says.
Danmission has worked among the Christian churches in Egypt for several years, and has submitted a declaration of sympathy to our Egyptian partners: The Evangelical Coptic development organization CEOSS and the Anglican Church in Egypt.
Sunday’s terrorist act is not just an attack on the Christian churches in Egypt, but also an attack on the Egyptian society, where powerful moderate forces, in government and in civil society, work to prevent religious extremism.
”Unfortunately, it is actions like these, that show how important it is, that Danmission continues our work in Egypt, to strengthen the dialogue between religions as a foundation for future peaceful coexistence”, Jørgen Skov Sørensen says and adds:
”Sunday’s victims, their families and all moderate religious forces in Egypt are in my prayers, and I urge everyone in Danmission´s network to include the victims, and the Egyptian society, in their thoughts and prayers”.
There have been several waves of attacks against Christians in Egypt in recent years, and many churches have been burnt. But even tourists, the police and the military are targets for terrorist attacks. Christians make up an estimated 10 percent of Egypt’s roughly 80 million citizens. The majority of the Christians are Coptic Orthodox.