February 3, 2011

PICTURE OF THE DAY: CHRISTIANS PROTECTING MUSLIMS DURING PRAYER ON THE STREETS OF CAIRO


There is nothing more heart-breaking than waking up to the sound of freedom being gunned down. Except being there to be gunned down yourself, obviously. Sooner or later, all dictators show their true face. But there are those things that should give us hope as our thoughts, our hopes and prayers (if you have them) go out to Egypt.

Because there is goodness in people.

Because there are photos like this one. That should be spread throughout the digital wastelands. That should remind us, all of us, that we are the same, that we can and have to stand up for each other, that we can and should have each other's back.

It was taken by Nevine Zaki in Cairo, yesterday and uploaded onto her Twitter stream. Stuck in a place that is appearing to drown into violence, hers is on of those voices that were attempted to be silenced when Mubarak took down the internet. But she is still there.

And the truth is still there.

And the truth is simple and this. Look at it. It is Egyptian Christians holding hands to protect, if in name, if in symbolism only, their Muslim countrymen during prayer as the protests continue.

There is goodness in people. We just have to to show it. And not let it drown. In these digital wastelands. And in the speeches of politicians who never speak up, until it is too late.