|Wael Adel Azizi was kidnapped by Muslim extremists as he drove through Upper Egypt with his brother earlier this month. A group of armed men in a truck forced the brothers to stop and then took Wael with them. When Wael’s father later called Wael’s mobile phone, the kidnappers told him he needed to provide the equivalent of $250,000 or they would kill his son. Wael’s father reported the kidnapping to the police. The kidnapping of Christians has increased in Upper Egypt since the 2011 revolution. A VOM worker reports that Christians live under continual threat of kidnapping.