The impact of deadly protests across Ethiopia is continuing to shake minority communities, including Christians. Violence erupted following the murder of a well-known musician and activist at the hands of extremists.
“Some [of those killed] were mourners and protesters, killed by security forces when they opened lethal fire,” Human Rights Watch reported.
Open Doors has since learnt that over 9000 people are now displaced as a result of the violence, most of them Christian. With believers already vulnerable to extremist violence, alongside the ongoing risk of COVID-19, displacement has only made life harder.
Currently the 39th hardest place to be a Christian, Ethiopia is already home to some of the most dangerous and suppressive forms of persecution.