Muslims abduct Egyptian Christians, force to marry, convert

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Muslims are abducting and trafficking Christian women and girls in Egypt, forcing them into marriages and conversions to Islam – a fourfold atrocity that is reaching epic proportions in the North African nation.

The horrific treatment of Christians is not limited to prostitution, drugging and domestic servitude, as well as various forms of physical and sexual abuse.

“In Egypt, networks of abductors work as Islamic mercenary kidnappers-for-hire, [and] whether the abductors get involved in these networks for ideology or economy or both remains to be seen,” the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reports. “However, either way, vast sums of money and material benefits can be attained every time they steal a girl from her family and forcibly convert her to Islam – in preparation for marriage to the highest bidder.”

Open season on Christians

Many instances of Christian girls being abducted by Muslim men occur in Egypt on a regular basis, but little is done by local authorities about it.

“On the first week of 2017, a Christian girl by the name of Rania Eed Fawzi disappeared in Al Kiati village in Upper Egypt’s Al Minea province,” The Christian Post (CP) reported. “Her family immediately determined that she was a victim of kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam. They even revealed that they know who abducted her.”

Even when the culprits are identified by Christian family members, the legal system turns a blind eye.

“The family lawyer sought the help of Attorney General Nabil Ahmed Sadek and requested Rania be placed under the custody one of the Christian Orthodox homeless youth shelters, as is normally done,” CP contributor Felix N. Codilla III informed. “But instead of offering his assistance, the official gave the family the blunt reply: ‘[Your daughter] embraced Islam … what do you want?’”

Such abductions have become commonplace in Egypt, as its Islamic government and culture enables such atrocities.

“Rania is just one of the hundreds of Christian girls who were abducted and forced into converting to Islam through marriage,” the CP report added. “Many Pakistani Muslims have resorted to this tactic of removing a young woman from her community so that she can bear Muslim children to increase their population.”

Numerous police reports describe one militant Muslim who has committed multiple atrocities against Christian women.

“He married five Christian women who subsequently were forced to convert to Islam,” a report from GPO.gov states. “So, he would marry one, take her away, go back, work on another, get her converted, go back, work on another and systematically pursue a number of forced conversions. Family members report that their daughters or sisters were befriended by a schoolmate, a neighbor or another mother – an older mother figure over time.”

In fact, there is a working incentive for Muslims to victimize girls and young women.

“Islamic abductors benefit materially as they are provided with, among other things, new and improved housing arrangements and jobs for family members,” ACLJ informed.

Above and beyond financial rewards, abducting Christian women, raping them, forcibly marrying them and “converting” them to Islam is seen as a way of spreading Islam.

“[These abductions are] part of a campaign to Islamicize Egypt’s Christian community,”  Mary Abdelmassih, a Coptic Christian activist, told the Washington Times.

She went on to note that girls as young as 12 are being kidnapped off Egyptian streets regularly, and during their abductions, Muslims shoot photos of the girls being raped as a means of blackmailing them into converting to Islam.

“She’s told the pictures will go to her family,” Abdelmassih informed the Times. “They’d rather die than have that happen.”

Lawlessness condoned

To make matters worse – above and beyond the pain and suffering experienced by the Christian victims and their families – virtually nothing is being done about this horrific illegal behavior.

“What makes it worse is that they have almost no legal recourse or access to justice,” ACLJ attorneys noted. “Egypt is a Muslim-majority country that possesses a weak enforcement mechanism – largely due to its legal authorities’ penchant to become ‘complicit in the illegal act. This complicity is often accomplished through bribing police officers, using them to physically intimidate the girls to recite the Islamic creed, or ‘[i]n some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize,’ and then the ‘drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance as they put them under pressure.’”

Under the current government, the Islamic abductions of Egyptian Christian women has hit an all-time, but such illicit activity is nothing new. Back in 2012 at U.S. congressional hearing, Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.-R), who also served as chairman of the Commission on the Security and Cooperation in Europe, testified that such activity has been taking place since the 1970s.

“Going back to the 1970s, there were many accounts of Coptic women and girls being abducted by Muslims, forcibly [abducted] and forcibly married,” Smith testified, according to another GPO.gov report. “There are many such reports, no doubt. Some of them were of women choosing to elope, marry across religious lines and cut off relations with their family. But the claim of the Egyptian government that this is the story of every one of the thousands of disappeared women and girls absolutely defies the evidence. The women and girls are found – who are found claim to have been drugged and kidnapped or kidnapped with violence. They often report human rights abuses including forced conversion, rape, forced marriages, beatings and domestic servitude.”

Powerless

The unprecedented rise in Islamic abductions of Christian women and girls shows no signs of abating anytime soon, as the Islamic system is rigged to protect the Muslim criminal activity.

“Alarmingly, since the revolution, cases of … reported disappearance have increased while recovery of the women and girls have decreased,” ACLJ pointed out. “Those women who are found and returned to their families face many obstacles including government refusals to change their identity cards to reflect their return to their Christian faith, which seems to sanction forced conversions. Nor are we aware of any case before or after the revolution in which an abductor has been prosecuted.”

Former U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett pointed out in the 2012 hearing that once Christian women are abducted, there is little hope that their lives will ever return to the way they were – because of the way in which the legal system in Egypt is set up.

“[E]xperts and human rights groups have found that there were also credible cases where Coptic Christian women were lured deceptively into marriages with Muslim men and forced to convert to Islam,” Swett testified. “According to these reports, if a woman returns or escapes from the marriage and wants to convert back to Christianity, she faces the same legal hurdles in changing her religious affiliation on official identity documents as discussed.”

For the Christian families who want to help their women and girls return home, a number of legal obstacles stand in their way.

“Additional testimony before Congress pointed out that (1) families do not report all cases of their relatives’ abductions because they lack confidence that their claims will be taken seriously; (2) law enforcement does not file all the complaints that are reported by the families; (3) some authorities refuse to file until a lawyer represents the family; (4) families fear retribution by authorities in the Muslim-majority nation; and (5) not all families are financially able to procure the services of an attorney which is often needed to file a legitimate claim,” the ACLJ legal team divulged from more testimony presented to Congress.