A young woman has been murdered in Cairo after being targeted by a Muslim mob because of a cross hanging from her rearview mirror.
According to witnesses, 25-year-old Mary Sameh George was dragged out of her car, beaten, and then stabbed to death by a street mob last Friday. The incident occurred shortly after Muslim Brotherhood protesters got into a violent altercation with police forces because they were angry that Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for president after leading the coup to overthrow the Muslim Brotherhood government last year.
According to reports, George was headed to deliver medicine to an elderly woman when protestors climbed on her car, collapsed her roof, and dragged her from the car. Eyewitnesses say she was beaten and mauled, to the point that parts of her scalp were torn off. She was stabbed at least a dozen times and her throat was slit. The mob then torched the young woman’s car.
Egyptian newspapers have given almost no attention to the story. One newspaper, Al Ahram daily, mentioned George’s death in one sentence in an unrelated article, saying “A Coptic woman, Mary George, was reportedly stabbed to death by pro-Morsi supporters in the same area [as the protests].”
The Australian Coptic Movement Association has called the attack “callous, vicious, and unprovoked.”
The group released a statement calling for justice in George’s death, saying “Mary George was targeted for her faith in what is becoming an increasingly intolerable and inhospitable region for Christians; given that Ain Shams is a known stronghold for the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian government must send a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated and that the culprits will be held to account under the full force of the law.”