70-year-old Christian mother dragged naked through Egyptian Village

Suan Thabet (70)

Agenzia Fides (16/01/2016) reports on the disturbing assault during May 2016 of a 70-year-old Egyptian Coptic Christian woman, Suan Thabet, by an armed Islamic mob. The woman was stripped naked and paraded through the village of al Karm following rumours that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman.

On January 14 prosecutors cited “lack of sufficient evidence” as the reason for suspending investigations. In an interview with a US Christian television station Mrs Thabet said that she and her family have been unable to return home because of threats by Muslim extremists in the village.

Agenzia Fides reports an “explosion of sectarian violence in al Karm, which took place a few days after the meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar,”

The Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, Pawadros II, has expressed concern that the “facts in al Karm could be used to trigger a new spiral of sectarian clashes.

Violence against the minority Christian population of Egypt is a development that must be monitored by the international community.

There are 4 SMA missionaries working in Egypt in the Vicariate of Alexandria.

The Agenzia Fides report may be accessed here:

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