[AWR is working on a report on
this issue. This will be placed in a coming issue of AWR]
Samīr reports that a group of Coptic expatriates have
launched the “out of the dark tunnel” campaign protesting against the collapse of the Virgin Church in the suburbs of the
Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag.
The collapse resulted in the death of eight Egyptians under the ruins of the
collapsing church and four neighboring buildings [Reviewer: previous news reported the collapse of the church building and
two neighboring houses.].
The campaign attributed the collapse to the delay in the execution of restoration work
because of the reluctance of the official institutions to grant the necessary authorizations.
The expatriate Copts who
organized the campaign called for an urgent law for building houses of worship in Egypt, stressing the need to effectuate
citizenship rights. They also called on Egyptians of all religions, doctrines and beliefs to join the campaign toward
stipulating a unified law for building houses of worship.