Ethiopian PM sends condolences to Orthodox Church after 15 priests killed

Ethiopian PM sends condolences to Orthodox Church after 15 priests killed
Ethiopia’s prime minister visited the leader of the country’s Orthodox Church on Saturday to express his condolences after 15 priests were killed and ten Orthodox churches damaged in the eastern Somali region last week. Among the priests killed were Rev. Kidane Mariam Nibretu, Rev. Yared Hibu, Father Gebiremariam Asfaw, and . . . Read More

Ethiopian Christians arrested for ‘praying against government’

Christians worship during a church service in a town in central Ethiopia. (Photo: World Watch Monitor, 2016)
Seven Ethiopian Christians have been arrested and detained in the north-western town of Chagni on suspicion of praying against the government. A local source told World Watch Monitor the seven men, members of the Meserete Kiristos church, were followed and overheard by a local militia group when they went up a . . . Read More

Lake Chad Basin crisis to dominate African Union Summit

Lake Chad Basin crisis to dominate African Union Summit
As the 29th African Union (AU) Summit begins today (27 June), one of the major talking points will be the “now-major conflict zone” of the Lake Chad Basin, writes Omar S Mahmood, analyst at The Institute for Security Studies. The UN has described the situation in north-eastern Nigeria – one . . . Read More

Ethiopian village church attacked

Ethiopian village church attacked
A boy stands outside the church in Guder.Courtesy Open Doors International   A church in a village 130km west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has been attacked three times recently by suspected animists angered over their evangelism efforts. On 30 August, a mob killed one Christian and injured around . . . Read More

Ethiopian Orthodox leaders jailed after protesting about persecution

Ethiopian Orthodox leaders jailed after protesting about persecution
A district court in Ethiopia has charged six members of an Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) with inciting public disturbance, destroying public trust in government officials and spreading hatred after it surfaced in the media that official complaints were made to the government about increasing persecution of Christians in a Muslim-dominated area in . . . Read More

A convert’s story

A convert’s story
U.S. President Barack Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia 24-28 July, partly to discuss regional security. In Kenya especially, Christians have been targeted by the violent al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab. In the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on 28 July, making an American president’s first speech to the African Union, Obama said . . . Read More

Obama visit puts Ethiopia’s record in spotlight

Obama visit puts Ethiopia’s record in spotlight
n Ethiopians walk past a poster of US President Barack Obama in Addis Ababa on 27 July. gettyimages.com U.S. President Barak Obama is visiting Ethiopia on 27 and 28 July, providing an opportunity for America to prod its ally on its human-rights record, which gets low marks from world capitals. . . . Read More