COPTS: BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS • 2013
These photos are
from a 2013 photo essay by Mark Kauzlarich about Coptic faith during the months
prior to the Second Egyptian Revolution. On New Years Day 2011, weeks prior to
the revolution, a bomb exploded outside the Alexandria Coptic Orthodox Church killing
23 and injuring more than 70 people. In the chaos following the January 25th
Revolution, violence continued to escalate against Copts, culminating October
9, 2011 during a march on the Maspiro television station in protest over the
destruction of a church. The reaction by the army was violent, with armored
personnel carriers crushing protestors to death and soldiers firing into crowds
Before the 2013
revolution, members of the Coptic community in Cairo told me they felt things
were “better under Mubarak” and were uneasy at the fact they could be targeted
at any time. That concern was heightened as the community approached the
celebration of Easter in May of 2013, necessitating a balance between
celebration and cautiousness.
holiday passed without violence, dozens of churches in Egypt would be burned
months later during the country’s second revolution in just over a year.
Mark Kauzlarich is a photojournalist, Arabic linguist, and U.S. political aficionado currently based in Columbia, Missouri.