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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