“This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly. “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.”
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thousands of Egyptian Muslims attended Coptic Christmas eve mass services Thursday night, offering their bodies as human shields in a show of defiance against escalating sectarian violence. Among the thousands who turned out in support of Egypt's Coptic Christians, who represent approximately ten percent of the country's population, were several prominent movie stars, religious leaders, and the two sons of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. A bombing on New Year's Day killed up to 23 Coptic worshipers in Alexandria.