Egypt's Muslims Attend Coptic Christmas Mass, Serving As 'Human Shields'

January 7, 2011

Author: Yasmine El-Rashidi

Source: Ahram Online,-servi.aspx

Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had a been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.

From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.