In July, however, I gained a new incentive for keeping a close eye on unfolding events: my niece moved to Cairo. She moved not for journalism, nor for Mennonite conflict resolution. She relocated for love. Her fiancé is an Egyptian Eastern Catholic, a minority among minorities. Through her, I'm getting stark reminders that amidst all of the chaos, most Egyptians are just trying to live their workaday lives.
The demonstrations in Tahrir Square were successful in ousting Mubarak and moving to democratic elections.
The Muslim Brotherhood won that election and Mohamed Morsi took office as president.
The terms of the election required that a new constitution be negotiated and, once ratified, there be new elections.
Instead, Morsi developed a pro-Islamic constitution that gave him more power and refused to go to subsequent elections.
Anti-Morsi demonstrations led to the military ousting Morsi.
The Muslim Brotherhood responded with demonstrations.
The military crushed the demonstrations with violence leading to 1000 dead.
The Muslim Brotherhood retaliated against Coptic churches and by marching through the streets of Cairo.
The world's eyes are on Egypt. Mine are, too—even before the regime change from Hosni Mubarak, there was discrimination and sometimes violence against the minority Coptic Christian population.
In July, however, I gained a new incentive for keeping a...