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ICC NOTE: This article is reminiscent of the riots following the Danish cartoon only a few months ago. Pray for Christians in Ethiopia as they contend with incidents of violence like this

Islamic youth riot in Ethiopia after Koran profanation

Thursday 25 May 2006.

Sudan Tribune

May 24, 2006 ( ADDIS ABABA ) — Islamic youth in eastern Ethiopia stoned the homes and businesses of Christians on Wednesday after taking offense at what they said was the desecration of the Koran, officials said.

Between 50 and 100 Muslims rampaged through the streets of Jijiga shouting “God is Great” after discovering that a local Christian-run restaurant was using pages of the holy book to wrap food in, the officials said.

“From the morning until mid-day, students and others were demonstrating on the streets,” an aid worker told AFP from Jijiga, the capital of Ethiopia ’s Somali region, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Addis Ababa .

“They threw stones at houses where Christians live until the police dispersed the crowd,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ethiopia ’s Somali region, which borders Somalia , is majority Muslim but the majority of the Horn of Africa nation’s 77 million population, about 60 percent, are Orthodox Christians.