Ethiopia: Three Christians Killed by Government Forces

February 7, 2023

Christians make up over 60% of the population of Ethiopia. Most are members of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church, which separated from Holy Orthodoxy over the definition of the divine and human natures of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451. Now that Church has come under attack from government special forces.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Ethiopia, see here.

“Three Christians Killed by Government Forces in Ethiopia,” International Christian Concern, February 6, 2023:

2/6/2023 Ethiopia (International Christian Concern) – Three people were killed on Saturday in Ethiopia after attackers opened fire on a church in the city of Shashimani, located in the populous Oromia state.

According to local church sources, the assailants were government special forces who perpetrated the attack amid the growing tensions within the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahado Church (EOTC), one of the oldest Christian institutions in the world, is struggling with internal conflict following several rebel bishops breaking off to create their own synod in Oromia. Two Orthodox Christian youths and a woman were killed in an attack on St. Michael Church after the special forces opened fire on a crowd protecting the church from being taken over by one of the rebel bishops.

The Holy Synod called the actions of the regional forces “public murder.”…