In a display of unity during the peaceful democratic protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Coptic Christians formed a human chain of protection around their Muslim compatriots during prayers. The Christian Coptic minority in Egypt has suffered violent attacks by extremist groups in recent years. Here’s hoping the removal of the Mubarak regime will make their lives safer. Image was widely distributed via social networks – original photographer unknown. If you know who took it, please let me know and I will happily insert the correct attribution.
Friends in Egypt are concerned about the rise in attacks against Coptic communities and churches. Coptic friends are becoming more fearful as they feel the violence is escalating. Muslim friends are aghast that they will once again be labeled in the same box as extremists. All my Egyptian friends are determined to maintain their friendships and unity, and are taking steps to make public statements of their faith in non-violence and the enduring unity of the Egyptian people as a collective. Following the violence against a Coptic church in January, Muslim Egyptians attended Coptic services in a statement of unity and resistance to extremism.