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RUSSIA Syrian and Coptic Christians Fleeing to Moscow, But Russia Lacks Shelters - Asia News

RUSSIA Syrian and Coptic Christians Fleeing to Moscow, But Russia Lacks Shelters - Asia News

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Persecution of Coptic Christians
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2013-05-14 11:15 AMRUSSIA Syrian and Coptic Christians fleeing to Moscow, but Russia lacks shelters - Asia NewsPage 1 of 2http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Syrian-and-Coptic-Christians-fleeing-to-Moscow,-but-Russia-lacks-shelters-27050.html#
RUSSIA Syrian and Coptic Christians fleeing to Moscow, butRussia lacks shelters - Asia News
Moscow (AsiaNews) - A flow of refugees from Syria and Egypt is pouring into Mos-cow to escape from wars and violence in their country of origin bringing to light theinadequacy of facilities for the reception of immigrants in Russia. The complaint has been made by a veteran in migrant assistance, the president of the 'Civic AssistanceCommittee', Svetlana Gannushkina. In the past week a family of 10 Coptic Christians,including a child a few months old, presented themselves in their office. The familysay they fled religious persecution from Islamist groups taking place in f Marsa Ma-trouh, near the border with Libya. "They threatened us with death if we didn't con-vert and make our women and girls wear a veil," Reda, 26, who fled with his 19 yearold pregnant wife told AsiaNews. "After the revolution many activists of the MuslimBrotherhood came - added his brother Viktor, 30, - who put pressure on us Christiansto convert. Our problems started already in late 2011, but are getting worse 'Last year,after an argument with the principal of the school who wanted to force my daughterto wear the hijab, we were told that the presence of Christians in the city was nolonger welcome. " "We sought shelter with a local priest - he concluded - but hischurch had already been burned once and so he did not want to further expose him-self to attack."Now all 10 Egyptians, plus Iraqis and Sudanese, are forced to live in a room of 20square meters, with only a few chairs and a table, because there is no temporary ac-commodation center for immigrants waiting to receive refugee status in the city."Everyone is waiting for an answer from the Federal Service for immigration - Gan-nushkina , who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times toldAsiaNews, - which must decide on their possible transfer to Ochyor, in Perm region,where there is one of only three reception centres for refugees in the entire country. "The process, however, can last for weeks and the authorities have not thought of anytemporary accommodation for these people, who do not have a place to live. "Theproblem is much worse for the Copts - said Gannushkina - because for them here, un-like Syrians, there is no large community or network of countrymen ready to opentheir homes." "It is winter, and in these conditions they are likely to die of exposure -she added - so we are forced to accommodate these people in our offices, but they are

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