In January 2011 we posted a story HERE about the Christian Zabbaleen (rubbish people) of Egypt. Born into perpetual poverty, the children leave school by age twelve to help support their families who live, eat, sleep and work their entire lives in garbage, along with rats, pigs and other animals.
Their church is a massive underground cave--excavated out of solid rock because in Egypt, only mosques get building permission. Even their tiny newspaper must be printed in secret--under a threat of imprisonment if they are caught. Young girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. Although the Coptic Christians pre-date Islam in Egypt by 600 years, and were once the majority population, systematic attacks, forcible conversion to Islam, and murder have left only a tiny fragment living in poverty and fear.
An excerpt from Bare Naked Islam's Blog highlights their situation:
In spring 2009, at the height of the global swine flu epidemic (despite the fact that no Egyptians were affected) the authorities ordered the slaughter of all pigs in Egypt. The animal played an important role in Zabaleen’s recycling enterprise, consuming the organic waste created by Cairo’s 18 million residents and tourists. As a result of this, the living situation for the Zabbaleen has become even poorer even if they continue to breed pigs, illegally.
As if things were not bad enough, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood has fomented a growing hatred for the Christian population and unchecked attacks. Christians, like the Jews of the past are being cleansed from the middle east, yet, the UN, the Media, Human Rights Groups and the World~Yes, this includes the voice of the Christian World~remain strangely silent. One has to ask Why?