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ICC NOTE: There have been two attacks on Christians within days of each other in Ethiopia

Harsh oppression follows Ethiopian believers.


19 January, 2007

There have been two attacks on Christians within days of each other in Ethiopia .

Voice of the Martyrs-Canada sources say the first attack took place on January 5, where a Christian was murdered in a small town in Central Ethiopia .

Ajja Delge was killed by an unknown person in the town of Kofele . VOMC reports he was hit on the head with a metal iron, and his body was found in a nearby jungle the following day. Family members believe he was killed by Muslims. Since the Kofele area is dominated by Muslims, local Christians believe it is unlikely that the police will conduct a proper investigation into Delge’s murder.

Then, on January 8, Muslims burned the homes of three Christian families in Begge, Western Ethiopia . Tareku Meres, Jemal Tasesa and Tamene Gemechu and their families are currently taking shelter at a local Gospel church. At last report, police have taken little action in either case.

For the past three months, ten Christian youths have also been living in a church building in Begge after fleeing from their homes. They were chased from their homes after their families threatened to execute them for converting from Islam.

Assaults are so numerous as to be on a daily basis. However, at other times, it’s more severe. VOMC reports an incident of that nature that took place last summer in Begge.

On June 28, 2006, 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.