At Least 260 From Christian-Majority Ethnic Group Killed in Oromia, Ethiopia

Source:  www.barnabasfund.org

Date:  June 21, 2022

At least 260 were killed in an attack on Gimbi district, western Oromia, Ethiopia, on June 18.

The victims were members of the Amhara ethnic group, most of whom are Christians and who are a minority within Oromia.

The identity of the attackers remains unconfirmed, but they are believed to be militants from the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA).

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The rock-hewn Church of St George in the Christian-majority Amhara Region. The Amhara people are a minority in the Oromia Region, where the massacre took place.

The OLA are an armed group, considered terrorists by the Ethiopian government, who fight for self-determination for the Oromia Region. The Oromo were historically a predominantly Muslim ethnic group.

In August 2021 the OLA formed an alliance with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) with the aim of “overthrowing this [Ethiopian] government militarily” – though the TPLF were not involved in the June 18 attack.

“I am afraid this is the deadliest attack against civilians we have seen in our lifetime,” said Abdul-Seid Tahir, a resident of Gimbi district who escaped the attackers.

“We are burying them in mass graves, and we are still collecting bodies. Federal army units have now arrived, but we fear that the attacks could continue if they leave.”

Another resident said that Amhara people in the region were being “killed like chickens.”

Pray for an end to the ongoing violence and instability in Ethiopia. Ask that the Lord will intervene to keep Christians and other victims safe from brutality.

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