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Christian Students Attacked by Muslim Mob in Ethiopia

Christian Students Attacked by Muslim Mob in Ethiopia

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2011)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on February 26, a Muslim mob assaulted and wounded 17 Christian college students on a mission trip in Oma village, Ethiopia. The mob overwhelmed the government militia who attempted to protect the students.

When the Christians fled the village, the mob unsuccessfully attempted to set fire to their car.

The students, who were from Meda Welabu University, went to the Muslim village in Bale province on a short term mission trip.  After the students started to distribute Bibles and speak with the Muslims, one of the villagers angrily argued with them, inciting a mob to attack the students. The Muslims shouted Allah Akbar (God is great) as they hurled stones at the Christians and beat them with rods.

Speaking with ICC, one of the victims who wanted to remain anonymous said, “We thank God that no one was killed. It’s sad that we suffered the attacks despite the Ethiopian laws which say there is freedom of religion and equality in the country.”

According to the 2007 National Census, Christians make up 62.8% of Ethiopia’s population and Muslims make up 33.9% of the population. Ethiopia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion but Christians living in Muslim majority areas of Ethiopia are occasionally attacked by Muslims.

“We are alarmed by the spike in attacks against Christians in Muslim majority areas of Ethiopia. We urge Ethiopian authorities to investigate this latest attack and prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future,” said ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho.

Please contact the Ethiopian officials in your country and politely ask them to bring the perpetrators to justice and guarantee the right of Christians to worship freely in Oma village.

Ethiopian Embassies:

USA (202) 364-1200
Canada 416 482 6637
Germany 493077206
UK 020 78383897/020 7838 3898

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  • Amber

    All though i disagree with Muslims attacking Christains and other religions. I dont think going into a Muslim village and handing out Bibles was such a good idea. Muslims obviously hate other religions and are attacking them, and killing them all the time.

  • Kirk

    It is a great idea for us to contact the Ethiopian embassy/consulate officials about these attacks, however, due to the fact that most of the local officials/police in the Muslim majority states (Oromo, etc), are Islamic, little or nothing is done, while the Christians involved are likely singled out more. Much intercession (Eph. 6) is needed.

  • Criseedi123

    they deserve it. my sister would be next. she doesn't listen to me when i told her about stop preaching about GOD!! GOd is God let people to belielve what they want to believe!!

  • Eliyas

    Please don’t post a fake news be modern. Ethiopia had never been a majority christian country. You can check it from reliable sources.
    Though the CIA factbook changed its data at the time when the 2007 census started. But all the earlier factbook 2006 and before put the muslim population perentage 45-50, the chriatian 35-40. It is really funny the growth rate of the muslim population is high, but in 2007 census report the muslim population is halved for political reason. It is shameful for the ruling party.
    But the ethiopian muslims put the muslim percentage above 60%. In my belief the last one is more accurate. Because the majority of Ethiopians are Oromo. 72% of the oromo people are muslims. Afar and Somali(who are 100% muslim) constitute 10% of the total ethiopian population. 30 % of the Amhara people(who constitute 25% of Ethiopian population) are muslims. Arround 20% of the tigray people(who constitute 4-5% of the total ethiopians) are muslims. The harari, silte, argoba, alaba, werji are 100% muslims. The majority of the gurage people are muslims.
    So how could you dare to call ethiopia as a christian majority country, it is a known fact for all ethiopians these days.
    May Allah guide you the right path. Amin!!

  • Tamam

    oma/homa is one of the dinsho weredas that with mojar population are muslims.Bale people are harmonous.but if some one blame or inspire about islam other than muslim there is no polite.immidatly they jion a jihad!! inspiring christanity in ethiopia espacially evangally and constracting church in the area moslim population is one of the toni blair stratagy to disappear islam in ethiopia.that is automatically impossble !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rashid

    IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCIFUL

    when you are killed by muslim or non christian then you start printing stories

    when you killed uncounted can't count millions hitler killed 6 million jews
    stalin killed millions
    musolini millions
    birtish govt killed millions in india when they ruled us
    usa govt killed millions in vietnaam ,afganistan,iraq.....etc 

    only you christian can feel pain
    not us
    yellow people,black ,white,muslims,hindus.......

    aren't we human ???????????????????????????????????????????

  • sajid khan

    in islam

    all people are equal in islam
    lower cast or higher cast
    black or white or yellow
    poor or rich or mid class
    indian or american or pakistani

    but THE BEST PERSON

    The best person who believe in one ISHWER (ALLAH ,GOD)
    and follow HIS last commandments qur'an
    and believe in all prophets adam , moses , abraham , jesus , muhammad (pbut)………….etc

    muslims are brothers in faith because their faith is same

    May ISHWER ( GOD , ALLAH) give you hidaya (understanding)

  • sajid khan

    in the name of ALLAH most gracious most merciful

    Say there is one GOD ( ISHWER , ALLAH )
    HE is absolute eternal
    HE begets not not HE begotten
    there is nothing like HIM
    Qur'an

    So worship none but ONE UNSEEN ALLAH ( ISHWER ,GOD ) as muslims offer salah ( prey )

  • Sajid khan

    and who is killing in iraq...afganistan....gaza....etc
    who killed in viatnam....japan..nuclear bomb......india before 1947 ..germany...6 million jews...

    you guys who dont have any believe but you can call yourself christian ,jews,hindu,muslim.....etc
    INFACT YOU ARE NOT EVEN HUMAN BEING

    stop printing hatred ...........................
    stop printing hatred ...........................
    stop printing hatred ...........................

    live and let us live
    because no religion teaches to kill any innocent human being

  • Sajid khan

    and who is killing in iraq...afganistan....gaza....etc

    who killed in viatnam....japan..nuclear bomb......india before 1947 ..germany...6 million jews...

    you guys who dont have any believe but you can call yourself christian ,jews,hindu,muslim.....etc

    INFACT YOU ARE NOT EVEN HUMAN BEING

    stop printing hatred ...........................

    stop printing hatred ...........................

    stop printing hatred ...........................

    live and let us live

    because no religion teaches to kill any innocent human being

  • Ethioluv

    im tired of white christian missionaries led ppl, roaming round ethiopia ruining what is a peaceful country with a 60% 40% christian and islam population. i cant speak for the rest of the world but since am ethiopian i will educate u to the fact that ethiopia had embraced and practised christianity long before said missionaries came to 'convert' us . as far as islam  i am afraid its the same story ethiopia had a muslim king, ethiopia was a heaven for persecuted muslims we have always co-exsisted together with love and peace until the new form of pentecostal christianity, started using Ethiopia's youth to push there agenda. there are churches right along side mosques all over ethiopia. ETHIOPIA IS RELIGIOUS. end of.

  • Sajid_khn49

    1 – son
    2 – father
    3- holy ghost

    how many ?? one in three
    Don’t lie there are three different things
    one person can be called by three names BUT THAT SHOULD BE ONE PERSON
    THERE THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE
    THERE DIFFERENT STORIES
    THREE DIFFERENT CONCEPT
    THREE IN ONE OR ONE IN THREE
    2+2=5 OR 4

    ALLAH OR GOD IS ONE
    ETERNAL , THE UNSEEN ONE
    THE LORD OF UNIVERSES
    THERE IS NOT GOD BUT ONE GOD OR ALLAH
    ADAM , ABRAHAM , MOSES , JESUS , MUHAMMAD (peace be upon them all)……….ETC ARE THE MESSENGERS OF ALLAH

    MUHAMMAD (PBUH) THE LAST AND FINAL MESSENGER OF ALLAH
    May ALLAH give you hidaya (understanding)

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