Established charity will support at least 12 orphans who lost fathers at hands of Islamists

Egyptian charity Coptic Orphans has launched a crowdsourcing fund to support the children of the Coptic martyrs killed in Libya.

The charity, which was founded in 1988 by Copts in the United States, says it has identified 12 children left fatherless when ISIS murdered the 21 men in Libya on February 15.

The Christians, believed to be 20 Egyptians and a Ghanaian, had been kidnapped by the terrorist group weeks earlier as the Islamists took over large swathes of the north African country.

The men came from poor backgrounds and had travelled to Egypt’s dangerous neighbour in order to help their families. The charity aims to support their children’s education in order to give them a chance to escape from poverty.

Last week Coptic Pope Tawadros II announced the inclusion of the 21 Coptic New Martyrs of Libya in the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the equivalent of canonization in the Church of Alexandria.

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