Like Paul and Silas, 4 Ethiopian Christian teenagers sing in their prison

On October 11, 4 young Christian girls were jailed for distributing a Christian book in the city of Babile, about 550 km east of the capital Addis Ababa. Babile is close to Harar, known as the “City of Saints” to the Muslim community.

SFollowing a training in intercultural evangelism, the Christians decided to distribute a book written in the majority language in Ethiopia, the Amharic language. “Let's Talk Truth in Love: Answers to Questions Asked to Ahmed Deedat,” is a transcript of an interview with a South African scholar and former head of international Islamic propaganda.

Believing the book to be an insult to Islam, local Muslims became outraged and attacked churches, threatening religious leaders.

Eden, 15, Gifti, 14, Mihiret, 14, and Deborah, 18, were distributing this book when they were arrested. They appeared in court for the first time on September 28. Medical analyzes were carried out to determine the real age of the young girls, the civil status being unreliable. Their opponents would have liked to see them tried in adult court. After various postponements of the hearing, the case was transferred to the higher court in Harar. They were eventually taken into custody. Eden suffered a beating on her first night in prison.

Representatives of World Watch Monitor were authorized to visit Eden and Deborah in prison. They declare with faith:

“It's an honor for us. We should expect the persecution. We are not afraid. We sing and pray here in prison ”

Eden said.

Deborah adds:

“It is an honor to be imprisoned for the Kingdom of God”.

The 4 young girls were finally released, but Deborah was recently arrested again and placed in detention. The reason for the arrest is not yet known.

Pray for the protection and release of Deborah.

Ethiopia claims to guarantee freedom of religion. In the cities, the different faiths coexist peacefully. However, evangelical Christians, especially former Muslims, face discrimination, threats and sometimes attacks. Ethiopia is the 18th country on Doors Open Persecution Index.

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source: World Watch Monitor

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