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Islamic Extremists Up Persecution Of Christians in Ethiopia

ICC Note

“They are using force in order to ascertain their presence in the country.”

By Becky Yeh

03/14/2011 Ethiopia (OneNewsNow)-Christians in the Jima province in western Ethiopia are seeing their region ravaged by Islamic extremists who have killed one Christian, burned down dozens of churches, a Bible school and an orphanage, and destroyed 50 homes belonging to believers.

International Christian Concern reports that the attacks began March 2 after Islamic extremists blamed believers for desecrating the Quran — an action that Jonathan Racho, regional manager for Africa with ICC, says was actually done by Muslims.

“They are using force in order to ascertain their presence in the country,” Racho said. “The Islamists in Ethiopia believe that they should not be ruled by the government which is dominated by people from a Christian background. The radical Muslims are saying they can only live in a country where sharia law is implemented, and that’s why they are organizing this kind of violence in order to destabilize the country.”

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