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Two families massacred in Dodola Arsi in a latest attack targeting Orthodox Christians 

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Victims from the latest attack in Dodola Arsi (Photo : SM)


Toronto – Two entire families are reportedly massacred in Dodola, Arsi in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, in what appears to be the latest attack on the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. 

The perpetrators are described as “unidentified gunmen.” 

According to the Ethiopian Media Service (EMS) report which cited close to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the incident happened on Monday in Dodola at the Debre Kidusan Kidus Gebre Kristos Church around 9 p.m. 

The victims are identified as Merigeta Simret with his spouse and two children, Diakon Daniel and his spouse. One other person is killed with the latter but his relation to them is unspecified. The gunmen reportedly riddled their victim’s bodies with bullets in a shocking manner, sources indicated. 

The victims are known for their services to the church. 

The sources added that the victims, who are said to have lived in the area for a very long time, are laid to rest on Tuesday. 

Killings targeting Ethiopian Orthodox Church Christians in the area have been a recurring security challenge. In October  2023, at least 27 Orthodox Christians were massacred in the same area. Opposition parties and human rights organizations have confirmed it at the time.  

Last month, four monks from Ziquala monastery were taken and brutally killed. 

A radical ethnic Oromo nationalist group that calls itself “Oromo Liberation Army” extensively operates in the Oromia region of Ethiopia and has been linked to countless massacres of civilians based on ethnicity and religion.   The Defense Force has been making claims that it has given the group a heavy military blow in recent military operations in the region but the story is not verified from other sources. 

As of now, the regional or the federal government has not remarked on the latest killing against Orthodox Church followers. 

In a recent meeting with leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he has done everything he could the church, and that it is not right for the Church to complain about the security problem. He said “celebrations of Timkat and Meskel were peaceful.”  The Prime Minister went further and made allegations that he has information that there are monasteries close to the capital that are “training armies” but he did not specify it. 


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  1. Article I
    The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.
    Article II
    In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. Article III
    The following acts shall be punishable:
    (a) Genocide;
    (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
    (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;

    The above excerpt is from the UN charters relevant to the criminal, murderous regime led by abiy ahmed the butcher and his oromumma cohorts.

    It is a matter of time for this thug and his accomplices face the long arm of the law.

  2. All Ethiopians must vehemently denounce the horrific slaughter of defenseless Orthodox Christians of all ethnicities. There must be an urgent stop to this inexplicable string of crimes against members of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church. To make sure that these serial genocide perpetrators are quickly apprehended and prosecuted, the Ethiopian federal forces must step in fully. They should not be permitted to commit further heinous acts of violence against fellow Ethiopians, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or ethnic background. Rest their souls in peace! Amen!!!


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