Since the Egyptian “January 25 Revolution,” the number of Christian girls coerced into converting to Islam has skyrocketed, according to Father Filopateer Gamil of St. Mary’s Church, Giza.
“More than two to three girls disappear everyday in Giza alone,” said Gamil. “The cases that are brought to public attention are few compared to what the numbers actually are.”
Coptic Pope Shenouda III had first warned about forced conversions in 1976: “There is a practice to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands.”
Christian parents claim they don’t get any assistance from the police, not even after their girls have been coerced into converting to Islam, which is illegal before the age of 18.
“There is no legitimate reason which prevents Muslim men from marrying women ‘of the Book’ — either Jewish or Christian — without their conversion to Islam,” said Coptic activist Michael Saeed. “What we have here is a Saudi Arabia funded campaign of Islamization of Christians in Egypt.”