“We are afraid that the anger affects us

Posted on September 16, 2012

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The author of the controversial anti-Islamic film is supposedly a Coptic Christian. Now in Egypt is the fear that the Muslim anger could be directed against the Christian minority.
To be perfectly clear, the Christians in Egypt have distanced himself from the anti-Islamic film, which has led the Muslim world to bloody protests. But the feeling that the violence will eventually align against them remains. This is due to the fact that the producer of the film is to be a Coptic Christian living in the U.S..

Second, the eight million Coptic Christians in Egypt feel increasingly isolated in their country, where did after the fall of longtime leaders Hosni Mubarak, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power.

Christians are attacked

“We are afraid that the anger affects us,” says the 58-year-old Hanna Monier. He had seen two Christian women were unveiled molested in the street by Muslim men, he explains. “They said to the women, you are responsible for the film,” says Hanna, who himself is Coptic Christian.

The 23-year-old Mira Girgis, who has just completed her degree, describes the feeling of insecurity, the width makes itself, as follows: “I can not go alone to go to church, my brother must always be with me,” she says. “I can not go out in the evening. When I come home from work, have a male family member, either my father or my brother, waiting for me at the subway station. To be a Christian in Egypt, which is difficult under these circumstances. ”

The Christian journalist Caroline camel wrote yesterday in the daily newspaper “Schoruk” after she and her family were attacked at bus stops in Cairo and elsewhere: “Do I have to apologize for the stupidity of others, just because we have the same religion?”

New exodus of Christians feared

Islamist leaders in Egypt have their criticisms of the film explicitly directed against the Coptic Christians living in the USA, which is considered copyright. In the Coptic Christians in Egypt, however, is the feeling that out of anger over the film a more comprehensive anti-Christian sentiment could be.

The Copts presented once the majority of the population in Egypt, now they are a minority of about ten per cent below the 85 million Egyptians. But they are still the largest Christian community in the Middle East. Although they were already discriminated against under Mubarak, after his fall, but their concerns were even greater. In the hope of being able to prevent the Islamists affiliated president, many Coptic Christians supported in choosing the ultimately defeated former Prime Minister Mubarak, Ahmed Shafik.

Although the church has now declared their solidarity with the Muslims, but so many Christian activists fear that the protests will eventually align against them. And that will probably lead back to the fact that many Christians to emigrate. “I expect further waves of emigration to the West,” says Medhat Kelada, the chairman of a Coptic Christian organization based in Switzerland that focuses on the discrimination against Christians in the Middle East. (Ses / Reuters)

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