An 18-year old Ethiopian Christian who was imprisoned and brutally beaten by Muslims has been re-arrested after she was released on bail.
According to World Watch Monitor, the teen named Deborah was detained with three other younger teenagers for handing out a book about Christianity in Babile, a town 550 km from the capital, Addis Ababa. Eden, 15, Gifti and Mihiret, both 14, and Deborah were arrested earlier in October after distributing a Christian book in Amharic, Ethiopia’s main language, by a local author, entitled Let’s speak the truth in love: Answers to questions by Ahmed Deedat.
Local Muslims claimed that the book insulted Islam and they responded by attacking the Protestant Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) in Babile, damaging its doors and windows, and later, arresting the four teenagers.
A source from WWM said Eden and Deborah remain steadfast to their faith. “This [suffering] is an honor for us. We should expect persecution. We are not afraid. We are singing and praying here in prison,” Eden said. Deborah added, “It is an honor to be jailed for God’s Kingdom.”
Ethiopia ranked 18th of 50 countries in which it is most difficult to live as a Christian, according to the 2016 World Watch List compiled by Open Doors.
“Ethiopia has many tribes…[who are] not necessarily favorable to Christianity, and in some places like Afar and the Somali regions, tribes are interconnected with Islam,” notes the report. “The ruling party in the country has blocked all the channels for freedom of expression and assembly, and has also tried to control all religious institutions in a bid to curb dissent.”
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