Report: Hundreds of Ethiopian Christians Killed in ‘Targeted Genocide’ Since June
By: Steve Warren, CBN, September 8, 2020:
The Barnabus Fund, an international persecution watchdog, reports hundreds of people have been killed in coordinated door-to-door attacks—many of them targeting Christian households. The extremists, armed with guns, machetes, swords, and spears, have reportedly sought out Christian families to kill them.
Open Doors reports that Christians in Ethiopia have long been targeted for their faith: “In Ethiopia, all Christian communities are targeted by radical Islamists—particularly where the Christian community is in the minority—but some denominations are more heavily targeted. In 2019, the country saw a rise in communal violence, which displaced millions of people.” And Voice of the Martyrs reported one incident in 2019 in which 13 churches were burned.
Reports in Ethiopian media confirm what Barnabus is reporting about a spate of killings earlier this summer. The violence involves religious as well as ethnic cleansing, but the situation is complicated and appears to also involve political motivations.
Barnabus contacts were able to confirm attacks in towns throughout the region including, Arsi Negele, Ziway, Shashemane, Gedeb Asasa, Kofele, Dodola, Adaba, Robe, Goba, Bale Agarfa, Chiro, Harar, Dire Dawa, Adama, Dera, Asela, and Kembolcha, reaching to the far southeast and east of the country.
It’s been reported that some of the attackers even had lists containing the names of Christians and had received the help of local authorities in trying to find specific individuals who had been actively involved in supporting the Church in the region.
One Oromo Christian was beheaded for refusing to deny his faith. His widow told Barnabas, “The attackers said that it is only he/she who prostrates with us before Allah for prayer who is considered an Oromo.”
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