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  • Tuesday ,14 March 2017
العربية

Coptic youth are leading

Suleiman Shafik

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Tuesday ,14 March 2017

Coptic youth are leading

I have been watching for a long time the struggles of the Coptic youth movements, especially Maspero Youth Union. I realized that Copts, as a major component of the Egyptian nation, were able to contribute in all Egyptian revolutions (1804, 1882, 1919, 1952, January 2011 and June 30, 2013). Not only they sacrificed their lives and participated in all wars of the Egyptian armed forces, but also sacrificed their churches and properties that were attacked by supporters of the terrorist organization after the dispersal of Rabaa Adawia and Nahda sit-ins.

However, their sacrifices did not bring them full citizenship in their home country for many reasons. The church and the Patriarch have represented the Copts instead of their actual presence. Since the founding of the first General Congregation Council in the ninth century, only two councils were completed. Many conflicts between the clergy and the laity deprived the denominational boards its effectiveness. Many secular Copts have been trading on their presence in the General Congregation Council and all official occasions.
 
After the massacre of Maspero, several initiatives emerged including Maspero Youth Union and proved their loyalty by sheding their blood. They led the first demonstration against the Muslim Brotherhood and prepared to the revolution of June 30. They offered help ins several cries including attacking churches after the dispersal of Rabaa Adawia and Nahda sit-ins. They collected documents and offered help all over Egypt though it was very dangerous and could cost them their lives. They were also united upon the crisis of forced displacement of Copts in Arish.
 
Unfortunately, Maspero Youth Union was accused of treason by Copts abroad who claimed the church was infiltrated. Copts abroad should realize that the real scene of the Coptic issue is here on the ground, but it is always easier said than done.