It’s a pity how Ethiopia has continued to suppress and victimize Christians for no strong reasons, with the recent imprisonment of a Christian tailor in the southern town of Moyale.
The United Kingdom (UK) based Christian advocacy group, Open Doors (www.opendoorsuk.org) prayer report has it that one Tamirat Woldegorgis, has been languishing in jail for two months now after his Muslim business partner accused him of writing 'Jesus is Lord' in a copy of the Quran.
Quoting Compass News Direct (www.compassdirect.org), it said that Woldegorgis was arrested in August after his Muslim associate discovered he had inscribed 'Jesus is Lord' on some cloth adding that his co-worker went to a nearby mosque with the accusation that he has written 'Jesus is Lord' in the Quran itself.
Open Door report further said that angry sheikhs subsequently had Woldegorgis arrested for desecrating the book sacred to Islam, and that two days after he was arrested, two Christian friends who inquired about him at the local police station were jailed for two weeks.
A local church leader the report observed said that the Ethiopian church leaders are concerned about the conditions and intimidation Tamirat is facing. “We fear that our brother might be taken to Islamic court in Jijiga for trial, which will further threaten his life,"
The church leader further said that Woldegorgis, who is physically weak but strong in his faith, needs food and other material assistance, as well as a lawyer.
In another very cheering development, Open Doors said it received news that one Ethiopian believer, Selamu Bebeje, who was jailed for two years on false charges of insulting the Orthodox faith, was released at the end of September for good behavior as part of a government parole practice to inmates who had served two-thirds of their sentence.
It said that Selamu, who has now been reunited with his family, expressed his thanks to all who were with him and his family in those difficult days. “I think the prison officials have understood why I was jailed and have witnessed the good relationship I had established with other inmates. I thank God for this."
“Please pray that the Lord would sustain Tamirat physically and spiritually, and provide him with a lawyer and that justice will be done for him and that he would remain strong in his faith despite the harsh conditions he faces. Also thank the Lord with us for the release of Selamu and pray for the Lord's continued protection and provision for him and his family,” Open Door said.