Earlier this month, “unknown persons” kidnapped a 7-year-old Christian girl in Dakhaleya Province in northern Egypt. The girl, Jessica Nadi Gabriel, was attending a wedding ceremony with her family when she was seized and whisked away. Her father later revealed that the 7-year-old girl’s abductors called him demanding a 650,000 Egyptian Pound ransom””the equivalent of nearly $100,000 USD.
Kidnapping Christian children in Egypt in exchange for ransom is on the rise. A couple weeks earlier, a 6-year-old Coptic boy who was kidnapped and held for ransom, was still killed and discarded in the sewer””even after his family paid the Muslim kidnapper the demanded ransom.
See “Jihad on Egypt’s Christian Children” for more on the new Egypt’s recent spate of attacks on Coptic children.