Militant Islamic terror group Islamic State released a new video on Sunday 19 April, reportedly showing the gruesome murder of 30 Ethiopian Christian men in Libya
The footage alternates between two scenes: one in northern Libya on a Mediterranean beach where 15 men were beheaded, and one in the desert in southern Libya where another 15 men were shot in the head, execution-style.
The men were believed to have been travelling through Libya en route to Europe. Tens of thousands of African migrants have been leaving Africa via the Mediterranean Sea for Italy and other European destinations.
The video bears striking similarity to one IS released in mid-February depicting the beheading of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians and one non-Egyptian on a Libyan beach.
The video further threatens Christians in the region to pay tribute to IS as prescribed by the Koran, or face death. “You pay with willing submission, feeling yourselves subdued. Our battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood, until there is no more polytheism ‘ and obedience becomes Allah’s in its entirety,” the narrator says.
IS considers Christianity to be a polytheistic religion because of the belief that God exists as one in three persons as the Trinity.
The Ethiopian community is saddened by the tragedy, but remains thankful that the men in the video died bearing the name of Christ. “We are proud of our brothers. They are poor, but they gave their lives for Jesus,” Helen Tamene told International Christian Concern. Tamene had formerly been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for her faith and now attends Bell of Freedom Church in Addis Ababa. “They will be honoured for all time by Ethiopians,” she added.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray the Lord will uphold the friends and families grieving the loss of their loved ones during this time. Pray they may take comfort from His Word and fix on things that are eternal.
- Pray that Christians throughout Ethiopia will not be discouraged or frightened, but put their hope in the Lord.
- Ask the Lord to protect and provide for Christians fleeing violence in Africa.