The town of Alaba Kulito in southern Ethiopia was the scene of a horrific attack against Christians on 9 February. According to a VOM Canada source, at least 13 churches were burned — some completely destroyed — along with other church-owned property.
While there were no fatalities, two church workers were admitted to hospital. Both have since been released after receiving medical treatment. The trouble flared after a false rumour was spread that one or more mosques in the area had been burned.
The area is predominantly Muslim, with constant tension between Christians and Muslims in this community. Earlier this month, the Meserete Kristos Church was vandalised and local Christians have faced intimidation and threats.
The violence does not appear to be related to evangelistic work in the area, which has been very fruitful. VOM Canada, together with Steadfast Global, participated in various projects within the region, along with local partners. As a result of the devastation, emergency funds have been sent to provide needed assistance for the churches directly affected.
Sources: Steadfast Global, VOM Canada
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