In Mombar – a tiny restaurant on Steinway Street, in Queens – in an area commonly referred to as Little Egypt, a father, son, and a family friend cooked up hot meals, served with stimulating conversation and an ample amount of tolerance. In their home country, hundreds were died earlier Wednesday after Egyptian forces attacked Islamist protesters.
Inside the restaurant in Queens, 58-year-old Moustafa Rahman, 11-year-old Farouk and 33-year-old Essam Iskander hung out together — Rahman and Farouk are Muslim and Iskander is Coptic Christian.
They were all born in Egypt – and still have family there. “You’re thinking every day. You hope that they’re ok. You hope that nothing will happen to them. We’re trying to calm them down because they’re scared too. And trying to calm ourselves down,” Farouk told PIX11.
Watch the video for the full conversation.