Monday, March 28, 2011

Have you seen the Ethiopian news?

Posted by Angie at 4:33 PM
To all my Christian bloggy friends adopting from Ethiopia--have you seen the news?
  • "Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes."
  • "Anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 have been displaced in the attacks that began March 2, 2011."
  • "The violence against Christians in Ethiopia is alarming because Ethiopian Muslims and Christians used to live together peacefully. Besides, it’s extremely disconcerting that in Ethiopia, where Christians are the majority, they are also the victims of persecution," Jonathan Racho, ICC's Regional Manager of Africa and South Asia."
     
    QUOTE SOURCE: Fox News Article found here
     
    Remains of a Protestant church in Asendabo, Ethiopia {source}
    Remains of burned down church in 200 miles west of Ethiopian capital. {source}
    This article claims that in addition to the churches and homes of Christians, an orphanage has been burned.
     
    I am surprised by how little information I can find about this online.  And none of the news articles are able (or willing) to report on a concrete origin of the events.  The article above claims the conflict may have began after one Christian desecrated the Koran by writing "Jesus is the Lord" within it, but other articles do not mention this or contradict the story.
     
    Either way, I think this is a situation and an area that needs our prayers.  For most of us, red traffic lights (which admittedly do pose the threat of making us late) are the only things that keep us from church on Sundays.  We are truly blessed.
     
    Much love, 
    Future Mama  

5 comments:

Kelli on March 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM said...

Saw this too. So heartbreaking.

Debb said...

Isn't this just heart wrenching!!!!! Praying!!!!

Sarah on March 29, 2011 at 7:02 AM said...

I've been following this as well. It leaves me so speechless and heartbroken...and furious!!!

desiree on March 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM said...

I am adopting from there & didn't even know this was happening..... I wish the news would cover important stories & not just what happens around here. Thank you for brining it to my attention!

Future Mama on March 29, 2011 at 5:02 PM said...

I know! It is not on our television news at all, just online. And even there the articles are not comprehensive...it makes me wonder about how much I miss...

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