On July 16, a Christian man was attacked by a gang of Muslims for trying to evangelize. This is according to the World Watch Monitor. The young man is now trying to recover from severe machete slashes and a brutal beating. Ethiopia is a relatively open and free country. They have more religious freedom than many of their neighboring countries. However, they are surrounded by some of the most intolerant countries in the world today. They have Eritrea to the North, Somalia to the east, and Sudan/South Sudan to the West. This has meant that they must deal with attacks and persecution nearly as much as these other countries. According to Open Doors, more than 100 incidents of persecution have taken place in Ethiopia in the first half of 2017.
08/01/2017 Ethiopia(ChristianToday) – An Ethiopian Christian man suffered deep wounds to the back of his head when he was attacked by a group of local Muslims with machetes while at home alone because he had been evangelizing, according to World Watch Monitor (WWM).
The attack, which took place on July 16 and left the 27-year-old man needing life-saving surgery, occurred in Hirna, a rural town east of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.
The victim, who cannot be named for security reasons, was referred by his local clinic to the hospital in nearby Asebeteferi which in turn sent him to Adama, where a doctor, believing he would die on the way to a bigger hospital, operated on his wounds. Although he is still unwell according to WWM, the surgery stabilized him and his treatment is continuing.
WWM was told by a source that the gang of Muslims who attacked the man were angry because he had been evangelizing. The gang had first attacked the local Full Gospel Church and partly damaged its roof and a wall before going to the man’s house, WWM reported.
According to Open Doors – which produces its annual World Watch List of countries where Christians are persecuted – violence against Christians in Ethiopia increased during 2017. More than 100 incidents were recorded in the country, including murder, imprisonment and physical attacks on people and businesses.