Egypt's Copts appeal to president to curb kidnapping
July 08, 2014
Kidnappings of Coptic Christians are on the rise in Egypt, the Fides news service reports, and members of the Christian minority have appealed to President Abdel al-Sisi to provide better security against the menace.
In one city, Nag Hammadi, 72 people have been kidnapped in the past 3 years. Although three have been killed, in most cases the kidnap victims are held for ransom. More than $1 million in ransom has been paid, mostly by poor residents of a country in which the average monthly income is under $100.