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ICC NOTE: Persecution is underreported but alive and well in Western Ethiopia . A recent report revealed a recent convert form Islam was severely beaten and hung on a cross.

Severe persecution for Christians in Western Ethiopia .

August 11, 2006

For the full article go to MNN

–Voice of the Martyrs Canada sources in Ethiopia say persecution facing Christians near the Sudanese border is under-reported.

Because of the oppression facing believers, much of the news trickles out by messengers on foot. Many of the reports surfaced in the regions of Bambesi and Tongo, and what they’re saying is grim.

In the last three months, the harvest of more than thirty-five Christians has been destroyed; this created severe hardship for the families of these subsistence farmers. VOMC was able to provide some funds for their needs.

Prior to that, the home of an evangelist named Tareku from the village of Begge was destroyed and the building where almost seventy new believers gathered for worship was also burned down.

But one horrific incident stands out. On July 5, VOMC sources report that a convert from Islam named Shek Hamed Adem was severely beaten and hanged on a cross.

While beating him, the crowd told him, “Jesus was hanged on a cross and beaten and as his follower you also deserve the same punishment.”

Evangelical meetings are regularly broken up by mobs who beat and occasionally kill, those gathered. The reports are still coming to light. More details on these and other incidents are expected to be released. In the meantime, pray for those involved in evangelistic work in Ethiopia .