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Christine’s mother told MCN that after the arrest warrant was implemented 45 days later, the kidnappers threatened to abduct their second daughter and burn the village’s church and all Coptic houses and shops.


The kidnappers promised to bring back the girl if the family waived the police reports, but when the family waived the complaints under threat, the girl was not released.


She added that Christine was a high school freshman and had only attended the first term exams. Christine’s mother noted that her daughter went to the home of a Muslim girl named Nourhan Ibrahim Omar and that Norhan’s mother was Christian who had converted to Islam. With her husband, she kidnaps Christian girls and hands them over to certain people for money.


She stressed they learned that the kidnappers handed over her daughter to a man named Mohamed Abdel Kader, who is from a family associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and is famous for arms trafficking and terrorism.


Christine’s family asked many people to intervene and return her daughter, but they told her that the girl is being kept by the man, and he does not want to release her.


She stressed that they blackmailed the family more than once and asked for money to return her, but they changed their mind.


The mother added that an investigation officer told her recently that the girl’s case is over, and that the birth certificate showing that she is still Christian will be changed soon.


The mother condemned the police failure to return kidnapped Christian girls, although whenever a Muslim girl gets abducted by a Muslim man, she would usually be returned within hours.


She asserted she will never leave her daughter and will not lose hope.


Cases of disappearances and abductions involving Coptic girls have spread significantly.


Abram Lewis, the founder of the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance, revealed earlier that the association has documented the disappearance of 500 Coptic girls and is concerned pressure is exercised on them to convert to Islam, especially after the abolition of the “advice sessions” in 2004. These meetings were held in order to make sure that those who want to change their religion are doing so willingly.


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