Five hundred Ethiopian Christians were killed in door-to-door attacks since June
At least five hundred Christians have been killed in an ongoing spate of coordinated door-to-door attacks and thousands of traumatised survivors have fled for their lives over the last two months in southern Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state, including its capital Addis Ababa, according to official reports.
Members of Qeerroo (which means “bachelors”), a youth movement of men from the ethnic Oromo group who have traditionally been Muslim, have allegedly gone on a killing spree in some parts of the southern Oromia regional state.
An Oromo Christian was beheaded after he refused to tear off the scapular around his neck, which is worn by many Ethiopian Christians as a sign of their baptism. The attackers told his wife that only those who prostrate before Allah for prayer are considered part of the Oromo community.
While local Muslims in the Bale Agarfa area saved some Christians risking their lives, police in some incidents stood by and watched as the Christians were murdered. Christians’ businesses and houses were burned down, vandalised or destroyed.