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10,000 Ethiopian Christians homeless in growing violence by Muslim militants

Ethiopian Christian woman calls out to God

More than 10,000 Ethiopian Christians are homeless as Muslim militants have murdered at least one Christian and injured scores of others as they burned down 69 church buildings, 30 Christian homes, a Bible school, a Christian orphanage and a church office.

“Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia,”  reported western journalist Diane Macedo, who described watching Muslim extremists seting fire to churches and Christian homes in growing violence that began March 2 after a Christian in the community of Asendabo was accused of desecrating the Koran.


The violence escalated to the point that federal police sent to the area by the government two weeks ago were initially overwhelmed by the mobs. Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal told the Voice of America that police reinforcements have now restored order and 130 suspects have been arrested and charged with instigating religious hatred and violence.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the Islamist group “Kawarja” is believed to have incited the violence.

Christian Ethiopian refugees


“The string of attacks,”  reported Macedo, “comes on the heels of several reports of growing anti-Christian tension and violence around the country where Muslims make up roughly one-third of the total population but more than 90 percent of the population in certain areas, 2007 Census data shows.”

In the southern town of Moyale, Tamirat Woldegorgis, a local Christian leader, was sentenced to three years in prison in November for allegedly writing “Jesus is the Lord” in a copy of the Koran, Compass Direct News reported.

Christians from the area say he actually wrote the phrase on a piece of cloth — not on the Islamic holy book as he is accused.


The ruins of a burned church

Authorities reportedly have offered to release him if he will convert to Islam, but he has refused — and remains imprisoned. Two of his friends were fined for visiting him in prison and taking him food, Compass Direct reported.

“The violence against Christians in Ethiopia is alarming because Ethiopian Muslims and Christians used to live together peacefully. Besides, it’s extremely disconcerting that in Ethiopia, where Christians are the majority, they are also the victims of persecution,” said Jonathan Racho, ICC’s Regional Manager of Africa and South Asia.


Racho, originally from Ethiopia, said that the government waited a full week before sending troops to Asendabo shows it’s not doing enough. He hopes the government “will take measures to ensure that such attacks will not happen in the future,” including bringing responsible parties to justice.

“What’s happened in Asendabo is unfortunate, and we are brokenhearted for the people who have been affected by the attacks,” said an unnamed International Mission Board strategy leader in North Africa. “But it is not unexpected, because the Lord Himself said we would face hard times and struggle with hardships as we boldly follow in His steps.”

Rampaging thugs


Asendabo also was the scene of anti-Christian violence in 2006, when Muslims killed more than a dozen Christians and destroyed several churches.

“Islamic radicals are fighting to establish an Islamic state in Christian-majority Ethiopia,” said Racho. “Christians will continue to be killed unless the government of Ethiopia starts taking serious measures.”

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martie flower

posted April 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Please tell me, besides prayer, what else can we do to help these brothers and sisters. Can anyone tell me who I can get in touch with to help them, can we take them over here and bring them into our homes?

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Mikenu I Mikenu

posted November 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm


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posted November 4, 2011 at 7:46 am

Can those non-descript Muslims ever “build up” a life, a city, build up anything? All those kind of Muslims want to do is destroy. I pray for all concerned and I pray God hears me this is a much needed prayer. Everyone who reads this say the “Lord’s Prayer” for the people over there. When there are more then one (AGREEMENT) He is with us..AMEN!

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charles schell

posted April 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

My God is not a forceful or violent God. He is loving,and peaceful. It is sad and burdens my heart that a group that claims to be so religious can become forceful and violent if you do not believe as they do. May our heavenly God have mercy on all of us sinners. Amen

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enakimoni kenu

posted March 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

O’God, forgive them thier sins, for they know not what they do!
As Chriatians, we should not take law into our hands,by burning or desecrating whatsoever others use in worshiping what they believe on; but keep on evagilizing, spreading the Gospel, remember Our Lord’s Word; You are Salt of the World and a candle lighten cannot be hidden under the table, may God protect and provide for many that are displaced, and grant us fortitude to bear loss of those who lost their life. REMEMBER SHALLOM!

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Chadiiq Duncan

posted March 26, 2011 at 4:57 am

It’s a pitiful shame that these families are being treated so cruel..These children are suffering and being stripped of respect, dignity, and self esteem…Shame Shame Shame
No matter what your religion is , when you do wrong, No doubt you have reproached your maker (GOD) and you have to answer to GOD

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

I Pray for the families and children I pray for you all…The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.

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