Started kindergarten for the children of the Coptic martyrs
Thursday 2 August 2018
Mama Maggie and Stefanus the children have started kindergartens in the village of the men killed by IS on a beach in Libya in 2015.
Most still remember the video from 2015 by the 21 Christian men who were led across a Libya beach and brutally beheaded by IS after refusing to give up their Christian faith despite torture and inhumane pressure.
Apart from a person from Ghana, they were all Coptic Christians from Egypt and were appointed martyrs of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Stefanus alliance’s partner in Egypt, Mama Maggie, knew personally seven of the killed young men. Three of them came from the village of El-Our where Mama Maggie, often called Middle East’s reply to Mother Teresa, has been working for 25 years.
– After the killing we visited the village. We met the widows and the kids. We decided to open a kindergarten for the survivors and for other children. Today there are 75 children, says Mama Maggie to the magazine Stefanus.
In October last year a mass burial was detected in Libya and DNA tests determined that they were 21 from the IS video. On May 15, the dead came home to their villages.
The Egyptian government has honored the killed funded construction of a church called “The Church of the Martyrs of Faith and Homeland” in the village of El-Our.
Mommy Maggie calls the 21 for “believers”.
Two of the killed were, after launching children’s camps, Mama Maggie arranged in El-Our, becoming leaders in the Stefanus children work. The killed, along with many others, had traveled to Libya to raise enough money to feed their families.
– The story of the martyrs is very precious to me. IS would push the 21 to the outermost limit. But the 21 were opposed to torture and pressure. They had courage, they showed a strong and bold faith in Jesus. The last word that came over your lips before they were killed was “Jesus.” We are glad that IS made video footage, “says Mama Maggie. KPK