In the Arab World, the most solemn week in the Christian calendar was matched by the sobriety of celebrations snatched during political upheaval and bloodshed.
With revolutions getting bloodier, religion has taken a backseat, somewhat sidelined, for Arabs during this political turmoil, only remembered as a battle cry or appeal for preservation of life.
Nevertheless, Easter time for the Christian Arab communities, who are often minorities at home, has been a reprieve from the suffering in the region this year: taking time out to recall the suffering of Christ, amidst suffering at home today. Taking a break from images of Gaddafi’s butchery and Saleh’s slaughter, Christian Arabs marked the Holy week culminating in Easter Sunday, 24th 2011.
However, in some regions that particularly peaked in unrest during this holy week, celebrations have had to be ‘foresaken’ somewhat for current needs on the ground during this emergency period.