28 people were killed, and over 20 were injured, when masked men opened fire on Friday against a bus of Egyptian Christian Copts on their way to visit a monastery in the Minya province of Egypt.
“Danmission is horrified that once again there is a meaningless attack on innocent people, who do nothing but practice their Christian beliefs in a peaceful way”, says Danmission´s Secretary General Jørgen Skov Sørensen.
Danmission has cooperated with the Christian churches in Egypt for several years, and has sent a statement of sympathy to our Egyptian partners: The Evangelical-Coptic Development Organization CEOSS and the Anglican Church.
Friday’s terrorist act is not just an attack on the Christian churches in Egypt, but on the entire Egyptian society, where strong moderate forces in both government and civil society are working to prevent religious extremism.
“Unfortunately, actions like these show how important it is for us to continue our work in Egypt. This to strengthen the dialogue between religions as a foundation for peaceful future coexistence”, Jørgen Skov Sørensen continues. Jørgen Skov Sørensen concludes: “Friday´s victims, their families, and all the moderate religious forces in Egypt are in our prayers”.
There have been several waves of attacks against Christians in Egypt in recent years, and many churches have been burned down. But tourists, the police and the military are also among the targets for terrorist attacks. The Christians represent 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million citizens. The majority of Egypt´s Christians are Coptic orthodox.