GOOSE LAKE — A new book co-written by a native of Clinton County reveals firsthand the suffering of Christians in Egypt at the hands of the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
Writing as Rik Doirse to protect those who shared their stories with him, the author says: “We had heard of people being kidnapped, extorted, beaten, robbed raped and locked inside of churches, but it seemed that no one was telling their stories. We knew it was important, even necessary, to collect their stories and share them with others who would care. Therefore, we set out on a mission to meet as many of them as possible, face to face, and look into their eyes as they told their stories.”
“Share My Name” is co-authored by Doirse, who graduated from Northeast High School in Goose Lake in the early 1970s. His travels to nearly three dozen countries on six continents gives him an understanding and international perspective in cross-cultural settings. He holds university degrees in Human Biology and in Biblical Studies.
“To the best of our ability these stories are their stories,” he says.
Co-author Sameh Masry was born and raised in Egypt. His university education in the West provides him with macro and micro views regarding events in Egypt and the Middle East. He has earned advanced degrees in both secular and theological fields. Section 2 of the book is his as he tries to answer one Christian sufferer’s question: “May I ask you one straightforward question? It is very obvious that the government in America supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. We do not understand it. Why does your government support the very ones who persecute the Christians?”
One of those interviewed said the persecution began before the Revolution began. Before that, he said, anyone could be a target of the regime’s wrath. But after the Revolution, the Christians in Egypt, about 18 percent of the population, came to find the persecution keenly focused on them — to inflict terror upon those in the minority.