Religion 19 August 2013 10 701

The way of the cross

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Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, which predates Islam and accounts for 10% of the country’s population, experienced many hardships under deposed former president Hosni Mubarak. However, these were nothing compared to what followed the country’s 2011 revolution: sectarian violence which has claimed 50 lives and caused others to flee their homes. Despite the fact that attacks against churches have become commonplace and young girls have been kidnapped, Egypt’s government has done far too little so far to protect its Christian minority. Meanwhile radical Islamic extremists such as Salafi Sheikh Abu Islam have fanned the flames as the country sinks further into turmoil.

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