AFRICA/EGYPT - Videoclip of children recalls the massacre of the "Martyrs of Libya". Coptic Bishop Makarios: "inappropriate choice"

Monday, 12 October 2020 middle east   oriental churches   martyrs   jihadists   childhood  


Minya (Agenzia Fides) - In a video that was filmed in an Egyptian church and shared on social networks, children replicate the scenes of the massacre of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were executed by jihadists on a beach in Libya together with a Ghanaian colleague, in 2015. In the representation, the children appear in orange clothing, similar to those that the jihadists had given the victims to wear before the execution and filming of their bloody executions.
The children walk with their hands tied behind their backs, flanked by two adults in black who represent the IS torturers who carried out the massacre of the Copts. In the play the beheadings of the victims are also "imitated". Finally, the children reappear in white robes with small wings and receive a crown from a priest as a symbol of the victory promised to those who are martyred in the name of Christ.
The video is currently generating discussions and even controversy on social networks.
In a statement released by the media, Coptic Orthodox Bishop Anba Makarios of Minya and Abu Qurqas, denied that the video was filmed in a church in his diocese, adding that the scenes depicted did not correspond to the ages of the children chosen as “actors”, nor to the place of worship where the filmed representation took place. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 12/10/2020)