Ethiopian Muslims Burn Down Christian Homes, Farms

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

by George Whitten

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)-- Twenty-five Muslims burned down ten Christian homes, leaving eighty Christians homeless in Ethiopia, a Washington-based rights' group said Thursday, September 30.

International Christian Concern (ICC) said on July 15 at 8 PM local time, attackers who were led by a local government militia, destroyed the homes in the Goda district of Jimma, Ethiopia.  They also set fire to their barns, killing their animals and destroying their harvest.

"The assailants asked the Christians to leave their homes and told them, 'We will show you what we are going to do to your homes, and if you inform this to anyone we will burn you the way we burn your homes.' Then they set the Christian homes on fire and began celebrating by singing near the burned homes," ICC quoted a Christian leader, who apparently spoke anonymously due to security concerns.

The attackers then prevented the victims from leaving the village for 16 days. Finally, one of the Christians managed to escape and report the attacks to district officials after walking for 16 hours. The police temporarily arrested the person who led the attack and a local official. However, they were later released on bail.

The Muslims have prevented the Christians from rebuilding their homes and the Christians now live under trees.


This is not for the first time that Christians have been attacked in Jimma. In October 2006, a Muslim mob killed six Christians. In June 2010, Muslims destroyed coffee farms belonging to two Christian converts from Islam.

According to a 1994 national census, 82.57% of the population in Jimma are Muslim. Christians complain that Muslim officials in Jimma deny them land for building churches and cemeteries.


ICC urged Christians to call the Ethiopian Embassy in your country and bring the attacks against the Christians to their attention and demand that all the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Ethiopian Embassy: USA- (202) 364-1200 Canada- (613) 235-6637 Germany- 49.30-77-20-6 UK- 020 7838 3897 / 020 7838 3898

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4 thoughts on “Ethiopian Muslims Burn Down Christian Homes, Farms

  1. Forgivness at any is commanded of us. Pray for the lost...they truly believe they are serving God through
    their hateful actions. I struggle to forgive, and I struggle to even accept Muslim influence in North America...but
    we must be silent and pray for them, Just as our Saviour did not argue back while he hung on the cross.

  2. I am really sorry about what the government of Ethiopia did for the country and for the people. This is very annoying. This might be time for us to stand for our right. This does not only seem the fight between Muslims and Christians rather the hand of the government is their. Why? How? What? are our questions. Please, do you have mind, you Meles? Where is your humanity? What did your administrators in the region? We know you are in the safe place including your children in Oxford. As the leader of the country, you and your followers are taking about a land slide victory of the near past election because of the people who love you. Where is your love for your people? You are the one standing with terrorism and you did a lot in the neighboring country Somalia. How do you see this in your country? I do not want to hear your rubbish answer. We need peace, we need justice, and we need freedom. Do it soon. Otherwise Ethiopian Christians will move. No one can stop this. God is always with us. God bless Ethiopia.

  3. Is this not the same kind of thing that happens to Muslims in Christian based society. No religion means no religious war and i will leave it at that.

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