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|ARAB WEST REPORT|
From April 25-28 I traveled with Arab West Report through a few Upper Egyptian Holy Family sites, places Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are recorded to have stayed according to Coptic tradition. This travelogue will share some of the insights and anecdotes learned along the way, by means of pictures taken at each location.
Tight security was put in place on two Coptic Orthodox churches in Alexandria, after a tip was received, claiming that a bomb had been planted in the church. Police have surrounded the church to protect it from attack. According to Joseph Malāk, a church official, the news contributed to the sense of fear, resentment and worry surrounding the local Coptic community and there have even been attempts at sabotage within the church. Dr. Kamīl Sadīq, member of the Coptic Church Milī (Lay) Council says that if the bomb had exploded it would have been a catastrophe, and described the finding of the bomb as a disaster (Muhammad Mijallī, al-Tahrīr, April 21, p. 14). Read original text in Arabic.
The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR)'s fact-finding committee issued a report about the attack on Saint Mark Cathedral in al-'Abbāsīyyah. The report highlighted that up till now, according to the prosecution, there are no suspects in the incidents, despite filing more than 45 reports from the public. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II's secretary Bishop Makārī Habīb has criticized the office of the Presidency accusing it of double standards, saying that attacks on Muslim Brotherhood offices go directly to the President, while attacks on places of Christian worship take back seat. The Bishop also accused the Ministry of the Interior of delays in securing the Cathedral, despite requests for protection the day before the event. Members of the fact-finding committee have said they will re-locate to the Cairo Security Department in an effort to obtain more detailed records of the events (Wā’il ‘Alī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Apr. 24, p. 6). Read original text in Arabic.
“Art is the language of the entire human personality.”
Driven by an interesting childhood in Senegal, he strives to build bridges using art. Paul-Gordon Chandler will leave Egypt this summer after leading St. John’s Church in Maadi for over ten years. Where he will go, he is not sure yet. Will this then be the end of the Caravan Festival of the Arts he organizes this year for the fifth time? Like the name implies, the festival can move.
Tension has renewed in al-Khusūs after the arbitrary arrest of Muslims and Christians as a scapegoat to end the crisis, threatening to renew an eruption of conditions if they are not released. A number of Muslims and Christians in the region have started collecting signatures for the acquittal of those arrested. Besides facing charges of murder and attempted murder, they face charges of thuggery, use of violence, possession of weapons without a license, disturbing public security, creating panic among citizens, defamation of religions, and igniting the strife (Hasan Sālih, al-Watan, Apr. 16, p. 8). Read original text in Arabic.