Egypt: Citizens and Residents

Egyptian blogger Nora Younis focuses on the meanings of being a citizen as opposed to being a resident in Egypt in the aftermath of an attack on Coptic homes in the village of Bahma. “I tell you if we let the discriminative and politicised security apparatus grib all our causes and issues, if we don’t stand for citizenship rights, for places of worship, for building churches, for freedoms to all Egyptians, then the exodus will continue and those who remain will be residents – not citizens. Who would want a country like that? Who would want an over-crowded plot of land with 70 million residents and no citizens? Are they leading us to civil war?” she asks.

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