Mideast Egypt Christians

December 19, 2012 - 6:33 PM
In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 photo, towers of churches are silhouetted against the sun in the village of El-Aziyah near the city of Assiut, southern Egypt. After a campaign of intimidation by Islamists, most Christians in this southern Egyptian province were too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they desperately oppose, residents say. Some of the few who dared try to reach polls were pelted by stones. The disenfranchising hikes Christians’ worries over their future under Egypt’s empowered Islamists, but some young members of the community are starting to push back.(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)