Christians Protect Mosques on Fri., Muslims Guard Churches on Sunday
Faced with the threat of terrorist attacks in West Africa, Muslims and Christians have each other’s back.
The worshipers are protecting every place of prayer, no matter religion. On Fridays in Cameroon, Christians guard the mosques as Muslims pray. Muslims return the favor by protecting churches during Sunday services.
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The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is an equal-opportunity destroyer, attacking both churches and mosques while services are in session. The prayerful people inside can’t see it coming, but in some small villages, the terrorists are now running into armed patrols.
Cameroon has set up volunteer “vigilance committees” to patrol villages and the capital of Yaounde, to watch for possible terrorists. They are armed for self defense but report any suspicious activity so the police handle it.
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The idea of Christians and Muslims protecting each other’s worship services is not new to places like Egypt or in Western cultures like France recently or Norway, as these two stories detail, but it is new to the remote, northern tip of Cameroon where the model is being testing to see if it might be effective elsewhere.
Images of solidarity as Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests
Striking photos of unity have emerged from the chaos in Egypt as Christian protesters stood together to protect Muslims as they prayed.
A group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslims protesters left vulnerable as they knelt in prayer.
She shared the images over Twitter, writing, ‘Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other.’
The suicide bombing, shortly after the New Year’s Day, killed 23 Coptic Christians, who make up 10percent of Egypt’s 80 million person population.
One Colorado resident posted an email online that he received from his mother, who is Cairo visiting her daughter, the poster’s sister.
She described a scene like those captured in the photos.
Just last month Islamic radicals were blamed for a suicide bombing attack on Christians that killed 23 in Alexandria
‘I am hoping to turn out an impressionist painting of the scene of Tahrir Square with tens of thousands of protesters in it in front of a huge government building at night. The largest protestant church in Egypt, Kassar Debara, is hidden behind it.
‘Some Muslims have been guarding Coptic churches while Christians pray, and on Friday, Christians were guarding the mosques while Muslims prayed.’
She also described the challenges of trying to leave the country.
‘I am asking God to help me find a way to the airport. Gas stations have been rather closed… Please pray for the helpless and hopeless in Egypt.’
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