A Talk With a Refugee from the War on Women

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A Talk With a Refugee from the War on Women

by baldilocks

[cap­tion id=“attachment_60659” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”] Saint Mark’s Cop­tic Ortho­dox Cathe­dral in Alexan­dria, Egypt[/caption]

In my new sur­round­ings, I’ve had oppor­tu­nity to make a new friend. Gary,* an Egypt­ian immi­grant in his 40s, is a secu­rity guard in the area and is a Cop­tic Chris­t­ian. When he dis­cov­ered that I knew a lit­tle bit about the his­tory of the Copts and their present-​day per­se­cu­tion, he almost jumped for joy, as I was the first Amer­i­can he had met in his five years in the USA who knew any­thing about that church or what has been hap­pen­ing to them.

Gary’s Eng­lish is very good, but as our con­ver­sa­tions gets more com­pli­cated, it’s becomes more dif­fi­cult for him, of course. Well, his Eng­lish is cer­tainly a heck of a lot bet­ter than my Ara­bic — his native lan­guage. (Gary stressed that Egyp­tians had their own lan­guage but were forced to learn Ara­bic in order to func­tion in the country.)

When I asked how he was adapt­ing to Amer­ica, he said that he and his wife were hav­ing a hard time, but his chil­dren had adapted quickly, as these things usu­ally go. For him, that was the main rea­son to leave: to pro­tect his chil­dren—all girls.

At first, he mis­pro­nounced the word ‘rapist,’ using a short ‘a’ sound instead of a long one; I helped him out.

I had read about the exter­mi­na­tion and “eth­nic” cleans­ing of the Church in Egypt, Syria and Iraq — along with the destruc­tion of church build­ings which had stood for nearly 2000 years – but hear­ing about these things from the mouth of a man who had seen it for him­self, filled me with shame about the spoiled Chris­tians in this coun­try. For­get about the fem­i­nists, who are grate­ful for noth­ing; we Chris­tians have had it so good for so long, that I don’t think most of us can wrap our minds around the kinds of Enemy attacks which our broth­ers and sis­ters in Christ are expe­ri­enc­ing right this very sec­ond at the hands of the foot sol­diers in the ascend­ing New Caliphate.

In that spirit, I have begun to pray for the church that exists in Muslim-​run coun­tries and for Gary and his fam­ily specif­i­cally. Also I’m always ready to learn more about Church his­tory and I hope you are, too.

I’m start­ing here.

*Not his real name; some minor details of his biog­ra­phy are changed.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.)

Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt

In my new surroundings, I’ve had opportunity to make a new friend. Gary,* an Egyptian immigrant in his 40s, is a security guard in the area and is a Coptic Christian. When he discovered that I knew a little bit about the history of the Copts and their present-day persecution, he almost jumped for joy, as I was the first American he had met in his five years in the USA who knew anything about that church or what has been happening to them.

Gary’s English is very good, but as our conversations gets more complicated, it’s becomes more difficult for him, of course. Well, his English is certainly a heck of a lot better than my Arabic—his native language. (Gary stressed that Egyptians had their own language but were forced to learn Arabic in order to function in the country.)

When I asked how he was adapting to America, he said that he and his wife were having a hard time, but his children had adapted quickly, as these things usually go. For him, that was the main reason to leave: to protect his children—all girls.

At first, he mispronounced the word ‘rapist,’ using a short ‘a’ sound instead of a long one; I helped him out.

I had read about the extermination and “ethnic” cleansing of the Church in Egypt, Syria and Iraq—along with the destruction of church buildings which had stood for nearly 2000 years–but hearing about these things from the mouth of a man who had seen it for himself, filled me with shame about the spoiled Christians in this country. Forget about the feminists, who are grateful for nothing; we Christians have had it so good for so long, that I don’t think most of us can wrap our minds around the kinds of Enemy attacks which our brothers and sisters in Christ are experiencing right this very second at the hands of the foot soldiers in the ascending New Caliphate.

In that spirit, I have begun to pray for the church that exists in Muslim-run countries and for Gary and his family specifically. Also I’m always ready to learn more about Church history and I hope you are, too.

I’m starting here.

*Not his real name; some minor details of his biography are changed.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.)

Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks