Sunday, May 15, 2011

Egypt revolution followed by conflict between Christians and Muslims

After the idealism of February's revolution, Egyptians are worried about sectarian conflicts wrecking their hopes of building a better nation

Two families, two bereavements, two narrow streets apart. In the northern Cairo suburb of Imbaba, the Christian Malek family and the Muslim Ramadan family followed near-identical rituals of mourning this week.

The menfolk sat separately, holding back tears, showing a family photograph, each of a cheerful young man with a slapstick sense of humour, and receiving the neighbours' visits of condolence.

At the Malek family's narrow, brick-and-concrete house, a priest with long black robe, black cap and flowing beard arrived to offer support. A hundred yards away an imam in a long white robe, white cap and flowing beard sat quietly in the Ramadans' cramped sitting room.

Both families were struggling to make sense of the violence that has swept over Egypt since February's revolution, most recently engulfing Imbaba in a sectarian riot that killed six Muslims and six Christians last weekend.
"They must have been brainwashed," said Radian Malek, 30, whose brother Ramy was shot through the forehead, of the mob that attacked his church, St Mena's. "They must have been lured by money to make problems between Muslims and Christians."

7:06PM BST 14 May 2011

The telegraph


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