IS THIS WHAT THE AMERICAN DOLLAR BOUGHT..??
(The Blaze/AP) — When the angry mob was rampaging through town,
storming her home and those of other Christians, the 70-year-old woman
hid in her cow pen, pushing a rock against the door. There she cowered
for hours, at one point passing out from tear gas being fired by police
that seeped in.
When Sameeha Wehba emerged just before dawn, she found she was the
only Christian left in this small Egyptian village just south of Cairo,
the location of some of the country’s earliest pyramids.
Dahshour’s entire Christian community – as many as 100 families some
estimate – fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this week. The
flock’s priest, cloaked in a white sheet to hide him, was taken out in a
police van. At least 16 homes and properties of Christians were
pillaged and some torched and a church damaged.
The violence was ultimately rooted in a dispute over a badly ironed shirt that escalated into a fight in which a Muslim was burned to death, sparking the rampage by angry Muslims.
“It was a devil’s moment,” Wehba said Thursday at the home of her
Muslim neighbors, who have taken her in. “Whoever caused this was the
The unprecedented exodus underscores how sectarian divisions are
bubbling over in the wake of the revolution, in a country where 10
percent of the population is Christian.
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