Persecution Update, June 2017: Ethiopia

Although Ethiopia has a long-standing reputation as a Christian nation, there has been a rise in persecution of its evangelical Christian community, which makes up 20% of the population. With Islam comprising approximately one-third of the population, radical Muslims from neighboring Somalia and the Middle East have targeted Ethiopia for “Islamization.” Just recently in a Muslim-dominated part of the country, three teenage girls were sentenced to spend one month in prison among adult criminals for distributing Christian literature. This past March there were eleven cases of attacks by Muslims against some 250 Christians. Furthermore, though the nation’s constitution advocates religious freedom, the influential Ethiopian Orthodox Church persecutes the growing evangelical house church movement. Please pray for grace and boldness for believers in Ethiopia as well as for continued blessing and Gospel-impact of Frontline’s Oromo Bible Project.