We Can’t Renounce Our Faith: Brave Christian Women Tells Jihadists


One of the survivors of the massacre of 29 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Minya in May said in conversation with The Financial Times that Islamic State extremists before slaughtering the men forced the women off the bus and ordered them to renounce their faith in Christ. But the brave women refused.

Financial Times spoke with surivor Mariam Adel, a young mother whose husband and nine of her relatives were killed in the attack. The jihadists opened fire with machine guns carrying the Christians traveling to a desert monastery. Mariam survived.  

“Renounce our faith? Of course not,” Adel said of the women’s reaction. “If we had, they might have let us off the bus and treated us well. But we only want Jesus and we are confident he will not leave us.”

In response, the Islamic States militants robbed the women of their gold jewelry and mobile phones and left them alone.

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