14 year-old Christian boy murdered because of his faith in EgyptOn the 20th of December, Ishak Nashaat Birwan’s body was found with signs of torture and facial deformities near a canal where he lived. He was missing for 11 days. His cousin, Samir Fekry stated that even though the family went to the police the day after his disappearance “none of them did anything to help us investigate the matter”.
Birwan lived in Izziyah, a large Christian village near Manfalout in Asyut. According to the pastor of the church Birwan belonged to, “Ishak was targeted and killed because of his faith, because he is Christian”. “Their aim was to turn Christmas joy of the villagers to sadness,” he added.