the morning of Tuesday, April 10, Meray a second-year college student at Sohag
University in Upper Egypt,
left in a motorized rickshaw headed to the university she attended but never
returned home. She was to go to class and then to a private tutor but when
Meray did not return home when expected, her father went to look for her and
learned she never reached the tutor. He reports that after searching for her,
he went to the police, but “they made no effort to investigate the matter and
search for her.” He suspects she is the victim of human trafficking.
Meray is one of at least eight Coptic Christian women and girls
who have disappeared in the past month–an escalating crisis that has Egypt’s
Coptic Christian community on red alert.
Those taken range in age from 12 to 40. They are daughters, wives,
mothers and sisters, and their loved ones are receiving very little, if any,
help from local police to locate them.
Let’s take a moment to silently pray for Meray
& the other missing women.