The crisis is real and no action on the part of the western world will mean the continued rape, murder and outright desolation of these Christians. Thousands of Coptic’s have expressed their decades of resentment and suffering in peaceful street protests all over the world. Unfortunately, these peaceful protests have been met with further acts of violence.
Coptic Christians, also known as Copts, are the largest religious minority in the Middle East, as well as the largest Christian denomination in Egypt, accounting for 10-15 per cent of the country’s 95 million people. Even though many Copts now identify as Arabs, they are historically believed to be the last remaining descendants of the civilization of Ancient Egyptians.
To a very large extent, Copts are located in Egypt but they also have settlements in neighbouring Libya, Eritrea and Sudan. The Canadian Coptic Association estimates that there are currently around 35,000 Copts living in Canada.
In a nation where Muslims make up 90% of the total population, Coptic Christians are regularly targeted and persecuted. Attacks on Coptic churches are a regular occurrence. The Coptic population also has a history of being subject to false impeachments and degradation by the state.
The Coptic Orthodox Exodus Foundation are dedicating their lives and time to bring as many as possible to Canada as immigrants and establish them in a country with a Charter of Rights.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner – Financial Crime Analyst