Coptic Christian family home demolished by the Egyptian Authorities on suspicion it will be used as
Written by His Grace Bishop Aghathon Monday, 05 October 2009 The following is a statement issued by the diocese of Magaga and Al Adwa regarding the demolition of a Coptic family's home in the village of Qayat
On the 1st of August 2009, Mr. Khamis Fayez Nashed layed the foundation for a house on a block of land owned by him and his family. The block of land already contains two homes and a mill. Part of the block is owned by the diocese.On the 16th of August Mr. Nashed was summoned to the police station at Sheikh Massoud, Al Adwa to sign a declaration that he is building a residential home and the building will not be used as a church,and that it cannot be sold or donated to the diocese at any time
After signing the declaration Mr. Nashed continued building the home until September 17th, when the building was suddenly demolished by the authorities. The demolition came after rumors spread in the village that the building was to be used for prayers.
During the demolition of the building, Mr. Nashed and another family member were detained by the authorities to prevent any objections by the family against this injustice.
Mr. Nashed and his family are now pursuing the matter through the legal channels. We pray that the Lord save His children from persecution, and we ask the authorities to see that justice is served.