Muslims Form Human Shields around Egyptian Churches to Ensure a Peaceful Coptic Christmas
Thousands of Muslims in Egypt flocked to churches to act as human shields to protect Coptic Christians celebrating their Christmas, which falls on January 7th.
This laudable act of solidarity comes just a week after a church bombing killed 21 people in this country of 80,000,000, where 10% of the population is Christian.
Security forces also positioned armored cars near churches and police closely monitored all nearby traffic. Egyptian authorities said more than 70,000 military personnel had been deployed to ensure a safe Christmas.
But the most moving acts of solidarity came from the ordinary Egyptian Muslims who attended church services, sitting side-by-side in peace with their Christian brothers.
“We either live together or die together,” said Mohamed El-Sawy, the Muslim arts magnate who came up with the human shield idea.
“This is not about us and them,” opined student Dalia Mustafa, “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”