10 Churches in Ethiopia Targeted in Single Day

3/23/19 Ethiopia (International Christian Concern)- Christian residents of Halaba Kulito, a predominately Muslim town in southern Ethiopia, were stunned on February 9 when ten local churches and property inside were burned and destroyed. An incited Muslim crowd burned the belongings of ten churches of eight different denominations, completely destroying one church. No Christians were targeted in the attacks and only a small number sustained injuries, as the crowd focused their attention on the burning of Bibles and furniture.

Nearly 10,000 Christians gathered between the ten churches that were targeted in early February according to Morning Star News. Despite all the destruction, all of the congregations gathered the following day for worship. Police reported that there were security officers provided to each of the churches that experienced attacks. Several assailants were detained by police and are set to be tried.

Attacks like this have not been common in Ethiopia recently. In this incident there were no major injuries but the churches and their congregants continue to recover and attempt to replace what was lost.

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