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Document Statement on asylum seekers and human trafficking in the Sinai Desert
1. During the past years thousands of asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa and Northern Africa have disappeared in the Sinai desert region while crossing the border between Egypt and Israel. The Sinai desert is a traditional transit route for people from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Northern African countries escaping political turmoil, hunger and poverty and hoping to end up in Europe. The people of Eritrea have been facing deep political and human rights crises, due to which around 2,000 people are attempting to flee from Eritrea every month. They end up in the hands of human trafficking rackets or fall victim to organ theft. It is out of sheer desperation, in order to escape conflict, political turmoil and deteriorating human rights situations that people take such risky journeys. However, instead of safe passage to Israel, the refugees find themselves in desert detention centres in Sinai, where they are abused in the most dehumanizing manner.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, February 2012
Document Message from WCC Executive Committee to Member Churches in Egypt
This message from the WCC's Executive committee to Member Churches in Egypt has been adopted by the Executive committee during its meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, 23-26 February 2010.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, February 2010
Document Condolence letter to the Coptic Orthodox Church
Condolence letter by WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit following the vicious attack on innocent worshippers in the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt when a bomb was detonated at the conclusion of the celebration of a New Year's midnight mass. At least 21 people have been killed and more than 80 injured by the attack.
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Document Congratulations to Egypt's president-elect
Letter of congratulations to Dr Mohamed Morsi upon his election as the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
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Document Reconciliation among Oriental Orthodox Churches
WCC general secretary rejoices with the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church over their reconciliation, leaving behind more than two decades of tensions.
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Document Letter of support to member churches in Egypt
WCC general secretary’s message of solidarity to the WCC member churches in Egypt on country's political crisis, sent on 10 July 2013.
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Document Concern and prayers for Egypt
WCC general secretary's letter to the WCC member churches in Egypt calling for prayers for peace and expressing concern over the burning of churches and violence following protests on 14 August.
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Document Letter to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt
Letter to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on killings of 21 Egyptians at the hands of militants.
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Document Congratulations to president of the Protestant churches in Egypt
Congratulations letter to the new president of the Protestant churches in Egypt, Rev. Dr Andrea Zaki Stephanous, by the WCC acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos.
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Document Letter inviting special prayers for Syria and beyond
Letter to the WCC member churches and Central Committee members inviting special prayers for Syria and beyond by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.
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