Egyptian Bishop: Christians Trapped in Homes by Muslim Brotherhood, Starving
On Wednesday, Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, Egypt, stated that Christians are “afraid to come out of their homes” thanks to fear of the Muslim Brotherhood, and are therefore starving due to lack of food. “I would like to help Christians but I can’t because I myself am confined to my home,” he said.
According to Zakaria, the Muslim Brotherhood attacked him personally on August 16. Police protected him, and armored cars have been stationed at his home for that purpose ever since. “Because of security we canceled the celebrations of the Assumption, which we commemorate on August 22, not August 15,” he said. “Everyone is at home, and I myself have been at the bishop’s residence for 20 days now. Security officers have advised me not to leave.”
Zakaria said he did not understand why the Muslim Brotherhood was attacking Christians. “It is true that Christians took part in some demonstrations against him, but there were 30 million Egyptians, most of whom were Muslim, who protested against the deposed president.”