WORLD WATCH LIST

Ethiopia

#38

The Orthodox church persecutes other Christian communities.

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“When they kicked me out, life turned dark. What helped me stand strong was the Word of God.”

– Khalid*, a believer from Ethiopia

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Christian Denominational Protectionism
Population
115,403,000
Christian population
69,234,000
Religions
Christianity
Leader
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Score
66
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

In Ethiopia, Christians face persecution from all directions. Extremist groups attack churches. Families and communities pressure converts. Authorities discriminate against certain denominations.

Political violence in the country, especially in Tigray, has taken its toll on Christian communities, with many Christians killed and churches destroyed.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Because of the government’s special relationship with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, other denominations are persecuted by both the state and Orthodox Christians. Believers who switch denominations and leave the Orthodox Church can face significant mistreatment.

Local officials may oppose the growth of the Protestant church and refuse permits for meetings and worship. Christians living in areas with strong presence of extremist groups are particularly vulnerable to violence.

PRAY FOR ETHIOPIA

– Pray for the government as they lead a country affected by war, drought, plagues, and instability.

– Pray that Christians facing intense pressure to renounce their faith will tightly hold on to Jesus.

– Pray over the work of local partners, especially among women and youth. Pray it is fruitful.

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