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Over a year after the ascent of a new prime minister in Ethiopia bred hope for reform, bursting ethnic tensions are sending the country into a spiral of violence that is leaving churches and worshipers subject to property damage and murder.
Thirty churches, mostly Ethiopian Orthodox, have been attacked, 18 have been burned to the ground, and almost 100 worshipers have been killed since July 2018, Tewodros Tirfe, chairman of the Amhara Association of America, an organization that advocates on behalf of Ethiopia’s Amhara people, told the Washington Examiner. Christians and non-Christians alike have been caught up in the crossfire of heightened ethnic and political violence. Earlier this month, Ethiopian Orthodox church leaders and government officials met, while Christians protested the violence directed at them.
The article goes on to state the following:
The protests and meetings have yet to produce a concrete plan of action from the government, although they are a major problem for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has struggled to control violence among the country’s roughly 80 ethnic groups, despite inspiring optimism across the world when he assumed office last April.
NEW: “People are relying on their ethnicities, and they will kill you or they will murder you for the reason that you do not belong to their tribes,” said one priest.https://t.co/DB07hbLHKq
— Jeff Cimmino (@jeffcimmino) September 21, 2019
Ethiopia: “Islamic extremism has been growing,” and now churches are being burned down all over the country https://t.co/ZfZUplgAPb
— Robert Spencer روبرت سبنسر (@jihadwatchRS) September 19, 2019
— Abebe S. (@Abe2004S) September 17, 2019
Massive rallies are taking place in northern #Ethiopia denouncing the deliberate attacks that have targeted the Ethiopian Orthodox Church by the current Ethiopian government. pic.twitter.com/bwr03CrHoQ
— ASTER (@asterd2004) September 15, 2019
— Mikiyas Bekele (ሚክያስ) (@MickyEthiopia) September 15, 2019
Government of Ethiopia has began to destroy one of the oldest Christian church, Ethiopian orthodox church. pic.twitter.com/wFMrCNQOVp
— ErmiyasGera (@ermi31097926) September 15, 2019
Orthodox Tewadido Chirstians demonstration in Ethiopia; agsinst recent attacks on church in different parts of the country and goverment silence pic.twitter.com/2nYQYTj5Pq
— Bewket Ye-Belay (@BewketYe) September 15, 2019
— Crisis Consulting International (@CCICRICON) September 21, 2019
Huge Protest Held Against the Persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia (Photos and Video) https://t.co/xqcSDmB3S5
— Birhan Sisay (@birhansisay) September 16, 2019
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