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Religious tensions complicate Ethiopia’s fragile peace

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Subject

Religious tensions and their implications in Ethiopia.

Significance

On December 20, four mosques and several Muslim-owned businesses were burned in the town of Mota in Amhara region. Muslims across the country responded by staging demonstrations, calling on the government to hold those responsible to account. The incident has aggravated inter-religious tensions, which have risen amid an increasing number of attacks on churches and mosques.

Impacts

  • More demonstrations are likely, including in Bahir Dar, the capital of Amhara regional state.
  • The government may strengthen efforts to encourage inter-religious engagement to ease growing tensions.
  • State support for the rebuilding of damaged churches or mosques would signal a strong commitment to inter-religious harmony.

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