Ethiopia: More than 30 Churches Attacked in 2 Years, Clergy and Members Killed in Rising Unrest

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Abiy Ahmed is the prime minister of Ethiopia. Since the time he took over as the leader of this nation, churches have been attacked.

Churches burned while clergy and members killed while trying to defend their churches is part of the terrible event.

The churches targeted belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC), which has a long and colorful history in the African nation.

According to Christianity Today, Ethiopia´s prime minister is a Christian and a member of the Full Gospel Believers Church. He just received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his “efforts to achieve peace and reconciliation.”

Just a few weeks after reveiving the prize, Ahmed has now to face the biggest challenge since he took office.

Many support the young leader, however others believe the peace prize was premature

Prime minister announced that over 90 people killed during the month of October, victims of the unusual unrest and recurring ethnic and religious violence.

Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the world’s most religious countries. Ninety-eight percent of the population claim some kind of religious affiliation, according to the New African Magazine. However, the country has always been marked by ethnic strife.

Elias Gebreselassie, a journalist based in Addis Ababa told the magazine: “There is a feeling of siege among many followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church,”  “The burning of churches could lead to a wider distrust within society and could be a time-bomb.”

 

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