Government Demands Christian Woman Take on Identity as Muslim

The brother of 18-year-old Hanan Girgis, an Egyptian Christian woman missing since Jan. 26, says he has been told she has a new Muslim identity and is being held by the security services.

Rezeiky Girgis heard from the Civil Status Authority at Esna Police Station that Hanan had been given a new ID card by national security services.

The family went to the national security headquarters in Luxor to demand they set her free, but officers there denied holding her or having any knowledge of her whereabouts.

Mr. Girgis said they “insulted” him when he made inquiries.

Family and friends then protested outside the security office, demanding the return of Hanan and singing Christian worship songs.

Mr. Girgis told World Watch Monitor that officers then came out and attacked the protesters.

“They broke the leg of my 23-year-old brother and wounded my older brother, Amir, who’s 28,” he said, adding that they “dragged my mother and beat my three aunts.”

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