In the previous article I have mentioned that in the two months of December 1999 and January 2000, both Copts and Muslims were preparing to celebrate their holidays.
It was a pleasure for the congregation receiving H.E. Ambassador Shoukry and the senior staff of the Egyptian Embassy. The meeting was very cordial and amiable.
The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has learned that two Christian girls in Pakistan have finally been rescued after two Muslim men kidnapped them two months ago, raped them repeatedly, forcibly converted them to Islam, and sold them to other men as sex slaves.
During our research for information regarding the tragedy of El- Kosheh, we found an interesting article written by Christina Lamb. The article was published on Sunday October 25th 1998 on Telegraph.co.uk. Voice of the Copts is posting this article in memory of all those who were killed in Egypt and elsewhere for their faith.
Although, the killing of twenty one Copts could not be considered mass murder by any measure, as this number of people could be easily die in any road traffic accident anywhere. However, â€œEl-Koshehâ€™sâ€ massacre, or slaughter, as some wish to call it, had different reasons to an overturned bus or a train accident. Such aspects and motivations were reflected upon in the last five reports published in the last weeks.
On January 7th, the Coptic Church in Egypt celebrates Christmas. Out of respect to the memory of those who lost their lives and those who lost their dear ones in that barbaric attack, I decided to stop "El-Kosheh" reports until after the holidays.
Dr. Amani Tawfiq, Professor at Mansoura (Egypt) University: "If Egypt wants to slowly but surely get out of its economic situation and address poverty in the country, the Jizya (head or poll tax that early Islamic rulers demanded from their non-Muslim subjects) has to be imposed on the Copts," declared in a press statement by a university professor, who is supposed to be in the highest of levels of the educated society, and who is also expected to be a civilized person due to her educational position.
Reaching the fourth part of "El -Kosheh" tragedy, we still did not find a concrete answer to the main question, who was behind what was going on in Egypt? In order to understand how an event likes that of January 2, 2000 could happen; one has to speculate about many contributing factors, mainly: