Ethiopia Sends Military to Stop Muslim Violence Against Christians
The Ethiopian government has sent military forces to put down the anti-Christian violence perpetrated by Muslims in Asendabo and the surrounding areas. Government officials have arrested several Muslims suspected of attacking Christians in the area.
Since the attacks began on March 2, 2011, Muslims killed one Christian, wounded several others, burned down 55 churches, 30 Christian homes, a Bible school, a Christian orphanage, and a church office. More than 3,000 Christians are now displaced because of the violence.
The violence started after Muslims falsely accused Christians of desecrating the Qur’an. The local police and government officials did nothing to stop the attackers. Federal government officials have now stepped in and removed the local Muslim administrator for his failure to protect Christians.
“It’s very sad that a radical Muslim group destabilizes the unity of Ethiopian Christians and Muslims. We are devastated by the attacks and we urge all concerned people to help us. We call upon Ethiopian officials to prevent similar attacks from happening in the future,” The Muslim attackers came from different parts of Ethiopia, including the Somali region.
(Somalia, which is located to the south and east of Ethiopia and is home to both the Somali Pirates and the ultra militant and violent al-Shabab group, shares a long border with Somalia. The same groups are leaving southern Somalia and attacking Christians and burning churches in the northern regions of Kenya. The fact that this type of activity was taking place in the Sudan for over a decade has been well documented by the press. The Sudan is located on Ethiopia’s northern border.).
Asendabo is a town located in Jimma Zone, Western Ethiopia. Western Ethiopia was the scene of violent attacks against Christians in 2006 when Muslims killed more than a dozen Christians and burned down several churches. Thousands of Christians have been forced to leave their homes as a result of these attacks.
“Islamic radicals are fighting to establish an Islamic state in Christian majority Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the Christians have borne the brunt of the Islamic attacks. Christians will continue to be killed unless the government of Ethiopia starts taking serious measures to stop Islamists from carrying out similar attacks. We urge all the concerned to put pressure on Ethiopia to protect its citizens.”
Posted GMT 3-10-2011 3:27