Ethiopia is located in the horn of Africa and is ranked as the 26th largest country in the world based on its size. Ethiopia covers 1,106,000 square kilometres of land and 104,300 square kilometres of water, totalling an area of 1,210,300 square kilometres – about 90.5% land and 9.5% water. Ethiopia shares its borders with Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Kenya.In Ethiopia, every Christian community is exposed to persecution, however, there are denominations within the country that are more greatly affected than others. In many regions of Ethiopia, mobs will attack churches persecuting countless lives.
Example: ‘On August 4, 2018, A two-day period of violence erupted in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, in which Muslim mobs targeted Christian minorities. Ten Orthodox churches were set ablaze and nine evangelical churches were vandalized and looted, and Among many others, 15 Orthodox priests lost their lives in the attacks’.
This event puts life into perspective, as we witness how our fellow brothers and sisters are suffering for their faith. These countless men and women are willing to risk their lives to follow God when we live in a country where we have the freedom of religion and don’t suffer the same kind of pain for being a Christian.
Difficulties For Christians:
Despite the difficulties faced by numerous followers of God, believers are still spreading the word of God across Ethiopia expanding christianity.
This ultimately results in the christian church growing. The Christian church within the country of Ethiopia is much larger compared to other persecuted countries, however, this does not mean the persecution towards Christianity is less than what is observed around the world.
Christianity is the largest religion in Ethiopia as there are around 64,037,000 Christians, and this is around 60% of the entire population.
Islam is the main source of persecution against christianity and they believe that Islamic religion is more superior than Christianity and they want their religion to prosper over christianity. After all the information that I have researched and reviewed, I find this information heartbreaking as people are being tortured to death for their faith and face persecution everyday for their beliefs, Whereas we are so privileged to live in a country where we have the freedom of religion.
I never realised how fortunate were to have this freedom, because I generally believed that religion was a right, however, now I realize the reality of persecution and I could never imagine being tortured or persecuted based on my beliefs or even have to hide underground from the enemies. I certainly could not imagine society denying me access to communal resources or being ostracised from society.
We should be able to accept other religions and not judge or discriminate against them, because each of us have our own beliefs. I believe it is awful how people have to suffer for their faith when others don’t and I also believe that it is disgusting that a person can believe that they are more superior than another and are capable of killing them without a thought based on what they believe. The Bible is a reliable source, where christians can refer back to when they are struggling or need guidance and encouragement. Here are a few verses that I would share with an individual believer or church if I had the opportunity to contact them. I believe these passages would encourage them in their faith. Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6
Be on your guard stand firm in the faith be men of courage be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13
So do not fear, for I am with you do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
I chose these four verses as they speak of having courage in the face of evil.