06/21/2021 Washington DC (International Christian Concern) – In Egypt, a young Christian named Akl was accused of harassing a young Muslim woman, which led to tensions in the village that affected her entire family.
“It was a difficult time,” Akl’s mother said. “People humiliated us after my son was on the roof [and] her cell phone fell in another house. A Muslim girl in the house shouted; his brother noticed it and ran to grab my son. Extremists surrounded my son, stripped him of his clothes and beat him ”
Religious leaders intervened and tried to calm Muslims who accused Akl of being a Coptic Christian. The village chiefs forced the former Muslims to hold a “reconciliation meeting”, which resulted in the expulsion of Akl’s family from the village.
“My son was in jail for three days,” Akl’s mother said. “We were ashamed and he was oppressed so we left the village.”
Unfortunately, the village of Akl is home to extremists who constantly harass the Copts there. Copts are often forced to flee to surrounding villages where they can live in peace. Akl’s family moved to a desert village filled with displaced Copts who faced similar persecution.
Akl’s father has a background in sheep farming. To help support Akl’s family in their new home, ICC stepped in to provide a small herd.
“Thanks to this project, I bought seven sheep,” Akl’s father said. “Next year I want to raise them and prepare them for breeding.”
Please pray for the continued safety of this family and for the other Christians who fled their villages.
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