Egypt: Liberate the emirate of Delga

After an occupation lasted more than two months by islamic militants, the central security forces, backed by the army, were finally able to enter the village of Delga, located in the south of El-Minya province.

Since the imposition of a tax on the Copts (£300 on each family, paid daily), more than 50 families have been forcibly displaced from their homes and shops and their land seized.

Militant forces burned all the churches in the village, including the ancient Al-Azraa Church (Virgin Mary Church), which has stood since the fourth century AD and was built entirely underground, except for its domes which were above ground. Even the remains of the dead have not been spared from harm - the bones of saints which were buried in the churches were burned during the attack.

During the period of occupation, the people of Delga lived in a severe state of horror due to the lack of security. They were subject to attacks from militant groups supported by thugs who were released from the prisons by the ousted president Morsi.

A member of the Al-kalema Centre for Human Rights was able to enter the village and convey what was happening, despite the isolation and the blockade imposed on the village by the militants.This blockade prevented the security forces and all media from entering, except for Al-Jazeera Channel, to whom Delga's Christian's were forced to lie to about their safety fears and the real situation in the village.

The representative of Al-kalema center was able to get the truth, registering live testimonies from the people and recording the effects of the devastation on the village,

In any case, the village may now look quiet, but this is the calm before the storm in anticipation of the impending reaction against Copts by the Islamists; not quiet because they live in peace, but quiet due to the terror.

Mamdouh Nakhla
Chairrman of Alkalema Centre for Human Rights

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Date: 20/09/2013

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Egypt

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Culture and Tradition
Violence/Conflict
Racism/Discrimination/Hate speech
Religion/Religious minorities

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