World Watch List: 29

Leader: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Population: 101.9 million (63.8 million Christians)

Main Religion: Christianity (mainly Orthodox), Muslim 

Government: Federal republic

Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism /Denominational elitism


"Lord, we pray for Christians in Ethiopia who are suffering because of their love for you. We pray for your presence to be with them; for transformation in their communities and across their nation. "
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In some parts of Ethiopia, political Islam is more prominent; and in these areas, Christians are often harassed, excluded from their communities and denied access to communal resources. 

Muslim-background believers across Ethiopia are monitored and placed under huge pressure to deny their faith.

Christians who leave the Ethiopian Orthodox Church for non-traditional Protestant churches are often viewed as a threat and face opposition from the government and tribal leaders.

Sixty violent incidents were recorded against Christians in 2014, but many still may go unreported. 

Open Doors has been active in Ethiopia since the late 1980s. 

Work is focused around equipping Christians for the work of ministry - whether it be leading a local persecuted congregation, sharing the gospel with unbelievers or helping new believers grow in the knowledge of Christ. 

- Preparing believers for persecution and offering relief in certain cases

- Livelihood support

- Cross-cultural evangelism training and support

- Management training for church leaders

- Theological and discipleship training


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