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Ethiopia: Escalating violence affects churches

11 October 2016

The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency, as violence continues to spiral within the country.

The violent protests have been gaining momentum from the start of the year. The majority Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups claim they are marginalised by the minority Tigrayan-led government, whom they accuse of monopolising power and controlling the economy.

Sources in the country report, "So far the protest and demonstrations are mainly confined against government and other institutions. However, you will recall that we reported attacks against churches in Arisi and Koladiba earlier.

"Over the weekend a Kale Hiwot church in East Shoa Zone (some 200km east of Addis Ababa) has also been attacked. Attackers demolished rooms in the church compound and attempted to set fire to the main building. Christians have joined other villagers in seeking shelter elsewhere. It has become difficult to carry on the regular church services there."

Please join us in praying for calm to be restored.

Source: Open Doors

Please pray:

  • For calm and order to be restored in the country
  • For the protection for Christians in Ethiopia and for unity among the church
  • For Open Doors partners helping Christians to deal with the emotional and physical results of persecution through emergency relief, livelihood projects and training for church leaders.

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