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Mississauga teen captures grief of Egyptian diaspora, wins big in Passages Canada national photo contest

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Marco Adly, a Grade 10 student, won in the Senior category with his photo entitled “Une histoire Égyptienne” or “An Egyptian Story”. The photo depicts the effect of a recent tragedy abroad — the capture and beheading of 21 Copts by a terrorist group in Libya in February 2015 — on his own Egyptian Coptic Christian community here in Toronto.
In his artist’s statement, Mr. Adly explains the story behind his photo:

« In my piece, we see a Copt woman who immigrated here, in beautiful Canada, to experiment religious freedom and freedom of speech. When faced with these atrocities abroad, she cries her brothers who did not get the chance to escape to such a country as Canada and who are facing the most flagrant form of discrimination. By remembering them, we proudly embrace our Copt culture and cross, and we never forget the sacrifices of such men, who drew the Egyptian flag with their own blood. »

In its inaugural year, the Passages Canada Imagine Culture Photo Contest encouraged youth ages 5 to 29 across Canada to explore issues of culture, identity, and immigration through photography. Work was juried by an esteemed panel from Passages Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue in Canadian communities. Our volunteer speakers share their personal experiences of identity, culture and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.

For more information, contact:

Lee-Anne Lavell, Program Coordinator
T 416.506.1867 x 264
llavell@historicacanada.ca

Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator
T 416. 506.1867 X 261
ahall@historicacanada.ca