January 26, 2009

Jihadists in Gondar! – Symptom of the Global Syndrome?

Did you read the news በጎንደር የክርስቲያን-ሙስሊም ግጭት ተከሰተ? The following is an article I posted two years ago (courtesy of adebabay blog). I think it will be another eye opening information for those who solely attribute each and every problem to the EPRDF government and forget that there is really a problem of Islamic extremism in Ethiopia. Is there really an Islamic threat blossoming in Ethiopia or is it a Christian fanatic hatred towards our Muslim brothers and sisters? I wish our Muslim brothers and sisters be honest with these developments.

Cher Weere Yaseman, Amen.
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Jihadists in Gondar! – Symptom of the Global Syndrome?

· Investigation paralyzed

Many Ethiopians regardless of their religion and locality, I believe, couldn’t possibly have the right picture of recent religious clashes in their motherland. Why? Simply because it is beyond their experience or due to critical lack of information about the dynamics of different religious groups. Reasonably their first hand experience does not warrant any different picture other than sporadic and personal conflicts among followers of different religions particularly between Christians and Muslims. Yet, either they recognize it or not a new pattern of clash is emerging or has already emerged.

Religion ‘related’ clashes reported in the last ten years have their own patterns and features. The clashes are more organized and in most cases incited in some way to bring the other party into confrontation. According to my source that have been digging similar cases for long, some ‘organized’ Muslim groups lead this new trend by far than their own Muslim compatriots and Christians. While many Ethiopians are giving a lip service for the terrorist attacks reported in Somalia, Palestine and Israel, a similar breed was incubated in the middle of their parishes and mosques. If any of my readers couldn’t believe the new terrorist type brutality and organization reported in the news media, I invite them to watch a video film recorded immediately after the recent butchery (to use the right word) near Jimma town. By the way this film is on sale in Addis. You can get it with vendors; just ask politely.



Jihadists with Machetes in Gondar?

The story of the Gondar Jihadists is one among many. Thanks to my five reliable sources, one of them a Muslim, the Gondar town story is a telling one. A tension between some Muslim groups and Christians escalated when Muslims claim to take two historical holly-water places of the Orthodox Church and that couldn’t be resolved by all respective local government bodies. While the issue was waiting a miracle to solve, police received one unimaginable leak of information by mid June 2006. The leak claimed that one truck of machete entered the town with specific details (I don’t disclose the name of the driver and plate number to protect my sources.) The machetes distributed immediately to unknown destinations. However the police find out the driver and the truck after three days.

The police then began to assess the whereabouts of the machetes and search even few mosques and houses. It was not in vain; they found more than 130 machetes in two mosques and another 150 in three resident houses. Where are the remaining machetes? NOBODY KNOWS! This led the police to a more complicated investigation of the crime. The result being dreadful; a “Jihad Committee” organized underground. This committee deposited 70 million Birr only in one account. The investigation continued and police find a compound used as a military training center in Gondar town with the help of responsible Muslim compatriots. It is found that the Jihadists have merged three residential compounds into one bigger training center. Witnesses told the police that there were about 1000 trainees at one time in this center. Reportedly my sources confirmed that police have caught and investigate some of the trainees. Similar training centers discovered by Police in Dabat and Denbia districts. Unlike the Gondar town training center, these were operating as orphanages. 400 militant trainees caught red-handed in these compounds and investigated. However most of these trainees are released latter on and no one, including police, knows where they gone.

Police find very important leading evidences in these training centers which includes: fax machines, wireless telephones, camera, hand grenades, list of individuals to be assassinated (most of them leading scholars of the Orthodox Church in the area and their students, priests and deacons), list of jihad suicide volunteers and their relatives who would take the reward after their death etc. A Jihadist caught red-handed with a hand-grenade twice while trying to kill a leading scholar in Gondar town.

While the evidences are calling for further investigation, however, the process is delayed beyond once expectation, my source commented. The case before months transferred to federal police. According to recent reports many residents of Gondar town are demanding an official investigation and result of the case in the last few weeks.

The case of the Gondar Jihadists is only one part of a set. We don’t know what is happing in other remote areas of the country. There might be many similar movements everywhere. Who knows? The butchery witnessed and filmed recently further confirms once fear of similar jihadist connections.

What are the current issues in the relation between Muslims and Christians in Ethiopia? What is the way out? What can each of us contribute to be part of the solution, not the problem? Could there be ethnically and religiously divided Ethiopia? What is the current dynamics of these two flaming human factors in Ethiopia? A CALL FOR AN OPEN DIALOGUE BEFORE …!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is good gossip for people no knowledge of Ethiopia

Hello all it will be simple fact if we are ready to investigate what is truth and fiction .I believe there is people try to polarize this situation to bloodshed. Why? What would we feel if Muslims call Ethiopia as Muslim island that will be no no! the same thing goes to For Orthodox . I will ask every Christian if you rely believe mutual respect for every living thing why it is hard to get permit to build any other religion institution or believing Ethiopia belong to All religion and many tribes and language? ሀይማኖት፡የግል፡ነው ፡ሀገር የጋራ ነው lets work together to stop extremisms in any religion and learn one another religions it may solve our ill view.
“Hate can only be conquered by resident-activists willing to promote tolerance. You may already be one of them. Pleas foster tolerance in yourself, your family, your schools, your workplace and your community. Some of the ideas are things to do. Some are things to think about. Some are things to remember.

Tolerance is a personal decision that comes from a belief that every person is a treasure. I believe that ETHIOPIA diversity is its strength. I also recognize that ignorance, insensitivity and bigotry can turn that diversity into a source of prejudice and discrimination. To help keep diversity a wellspring of strength and make ETHIOPIA a better place for all, I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own.”

Anonymous said...

The ever increasing defiance by Fanatic Christians in Ethiopia is seen as a test for the government of Ethiopia; whether it is in full control of the country or not. Fanatic Orthodox and Evangelical Christians declared Ethiopia as “a Christian State“, a rotten propaganda that has no place in the modern World. They also went to the level of defining as to who can be considered as an Ethiopian. They are openly stating that “ኢትዮጵያዊነት በመወለድ ሳይሆን በመጠመቅ ነው”, an position that can only be seen as an expression of extreme frustration. These and other similar proclamations from those fanatic segments of the two religious institutions are in direct contradiction to many articles of the Ethiopian Constitution. This is being seen as an acid-test of the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law in Ethiopia.

The government, worried about this startling step taken by “some individuals and groups“, issued a statement and called all concerned, individuals and religious leaders, to take responsibility for their actions and cooperate with law enforcing authorities to expose and

Officials including the Minister of Federal Affairs, Mayer of Addis Ababa, Federal Police Commissioner held serious of meeting with the various religious institutions and authorities in the country and deliberated on the alarming situation. On January 22, the officials met leaders of the Muslim community and urged them to make maximum restraint in the face of unfolding provocative actions by zealots. The leaders of the Muslim community told these government officials that they have been under intense and continuous provocation for months and years now. With the latest development in Gonder and in other big cities including the capital, the situation has now gone beyond what they could tolerate. They added that should the government fails to take its responsibility, things would go beyond any ones power to do any thing s about. The Muslims leaders made it clear that the latest provocative actions are can not be seen as a simple inter-religious friction. They are direct challenges to the constitution and the supremacy of the law. In this event, they told the officials that they expect the government to take a decisive action and prove to all peace-loving Ethiopians that it is indeed the one that is in control of the country. Failure to do so, they warned, would make the government a collaborator. Leaders of the Muslim community used the occassion to assured the government that Muslims are in no way to be sources of disturbance and, as leaders, they too would assume their responsibility. On the same evening, the grand Mufti Shaykh Omer Idris called upon the Muslim community not to be agitated by the deeds of some fanatics but remain vigilant.

The same officials met with the leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church the next day, January 23, 2009, and hoping to hold a similar constructive deliberation. However, things did not go as these government officials planned. In stead of holding a constructive discussion, the officials were confronted with defiance. The Orthodox Christian leaders, blaming the government for ever issuing a statement, demanded for it to be corrected. This position of the respected Orthodox Christian leaders, a position that proves to all Ethiopians that the latest provocative actions are not just works of individuals or small groups but have full support from the Church and its leaders, prompted government officials to take a firm stand.

Dr. Shiferaw T/Mariam, Minister of Federal Affairs, to told the leaders of Church to assess their own house before they blame others of any wrong doing or try to give advice to others. The Director of the Federal Police, Ato Workineh Gebeyehu, telling the leaders that the government has detailed information about the culprits demanded the Church to evaluate itself very carefully for direct or indirect roles it has been playing with its full knowledge or otherwise: “ቅድስት ቤተክርስቲያንም ብትሆን በምታውቀውም ይሁን በማታውቀው፣ በቀጥታም ይሁን በተዘዋዋሪ ውስጧን አጥርታ መጓዝ እንዳለባት አሳስበዋ. On his part Ato Kuma Demekisa, Mayer of Addis Ababa, told the respected leaders of the Orthodox Church that it will not be helpful to cover up things and claim one’s purity. They have to have the courage to say the dark - dark and the white - white.

በሲኖዶስ አባላት ፀድቆ የተነበበው መግለጫ እንዳበቃ የፌዴራል ጉዳዮች ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር ሽፈራው ተ/ማርያም “በአገራችን ትልቁ እሴት ብለን የምንወስደው ተቻችለን መኖራችንን ነው፡፡ በውይይታችንም ወቅት ራሳችንን ማየት ይኖርብናል” ሲሉ አስገንዝበዋል፡፡

ከሌሎችም የእምነት ተከታዮች ጋር ጥር 14 ቀን 2001 ዓ.ም መወያየታቸውን ሚኒስትሩ ገልፀው፤ በሁሉም ዘንድ አንድ ዓይነት መርህ እንደሚከተሉ፣ ነገር ግን ማንም እከሌ እከሌ ከማለቱ በፊት ውስጡን በደንብ ቢያይ የተሻለ መሆኑን ጠቁመዋል፡፡

“በማወቅም ይሁን ባለማወቅ በመሪዎች ዘንድ የሚተላለፍ ነገር ካለ ብናየው ጥሩ ነው” ያሉት ሚኒስትሩ፣ እንደመሪ ምን ማድረግ አለብን? ወይም ነበረብን? በማለት “ሌላውን ከመምከራችንና ከመውቀሳችን በፊት ራሳችንን አጥርተን ብናይ የተሻለና ጥሩ ነው” ብለው ቤተክርስቲያኗ ውስጧን እንድትመረምር መክረዋል፡፡

የተፈጠረውን ማንኛውንም ችግር በውይይት መፍታት የሚቻል መሆኑን የገለፁት የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ከንቲባ አቶ ኩማ ደመቅሳ ሲሆኑ፣ መንግስት ምን አጉድሏል? ምን ማድረግስ አለበት? በማለት ጠይቀው፤ መንግስት የሠጠውን መግለጫ በተመለከተ፣ መንግስት የእምነቶችን እኩልነት የማረጋገጥና ህገ መንግስቱን የማስጠበቅ ግዴታ እንዳለበት አስረድተዋል፡፡

መንግስት ሕዝብ ሲሞት፣ የሕዝብ ንብረት ሲቃጠል ህገወጦችን ዝም ብሎ እንደማይመለከት የገለፁት ከንቲባው፣ ከሌሎች እምነት ተከታዮች ጋር ጥር 14 ቀን 2001 ዓ.ም. መወያየታቸውን ተናግረው “እኔ ንፁህ ነኝ እከሌ እንደዚህ ነው” በማለት ነገሮችን ሸፋፍኖ ማለፍ ሣይሆን፣ ነጩን ነጭ፣ ጥቁሩን ጥቁር ማለት እንደሚገባ ተናግረዋል፡፡

“ሁላችንም የአገራችን ሁኔታ ያሳስበናል፡፡ ሁሉም ነገር የሚያምረው ሰላም ሲኖር ብቻ ነው፡፡ በመግለጫው ላይ የተባሉትንና ሌሎችንም መንግስት በደንብ ጠንቅቆ ያውቃቸዋል” ያሉት ደግሞ የፌዴራል ፖሊስ ዋና ዳይሬክተር ወርቅነህ ገበየሁ ናቸው፡፡ በውይይትና በምክክር ሰላም መምጣት እንዳለበት ከተናገሩ በኋላ ቅድስት ቤተክርስቲያንም ብትሆን በምታውቀውም ይሁን በማታውቀው፣ በቀጥታም ይሁን በተዘዋዋሪ ውስጧን አጥርታ መጓዝ እንዳለባት አሳስበዋል፡፡

በማንኛውም ጉዳይ ላይ መንግስት ዝርዝር መረጃ እንዳለው የገለፁት ዋና ዳይሬክተሩ፣ መንግሥት ሁሉም ነገር በምክክርና በውይይት መፍትሄ ቢገኝለት የተሻለ መሆኑን እንደሚያምን ተናግረዋል፡፡

Please visit the Reporter for a full coverage, though as usual the newsletter could not have the courage to put things in their perspective or specify names. I will share you my analysis of the mind setup and strategy of the Fanatics Christians in Ethiopia as it becomes ever clear lately.

Anonymous said...

Open the lik below and listen what is happening on Muslims who lives in Gonder.


http://ethiopiajustice.blogspot.com/2008/12/ethiopia-gonder-muslims-under-siege.html

Anonymous said...

I hope all of Christians Orthodox, Pente & Catholic but specially (Orthodox) Ethiopians understand the danger of the so called Muslims, which I don’t think they are. They are Fanatic blood trusted Wuhubiys, who are killing all who oppose their idea of Greater Islam kingdom. Look what they did to other countries like Ejibt & others systematically killed Christianity. They are looking to repeat in Ethiopia, But Ethiopians will not let them do it.
Please follow all the news in the world & you will understand it is a Global Fanatic Muslim extremist ideology making headlines. The ever increasing Extrimisim Muslim extremist should concern all of Ethiopians & speak out against this illness immediately before it is too late. http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.com/ Click this link to watch what they did just because people converted to Christianity. But they try to convert all our people with their money.
May God bless U DeJeSeLaM! Dont ever shay to be Truthfull!

Anonymous said...

May God bless mother Ethiopia. Let me ask you muslim brothers didn't we treated you as a guste when you first arrived because of persecution? So how can you try to take our country & make it a muslim country? how can you think Ethiopia is not a christian Country? yes there are a lot of muslim brothers but Ethiopia was always Christian Country.please letus leave in peace understanding this fact. I hope our Fathers teach the history how Ethiopia was more than good to your fathers.
Please tell your muslimm brothers not to kill people just to convert them to Islam.
May God give us peace.

Anonymous said...

What was before Christianity in Ethiopia? At list we have other religion other form of believe in Abyssinia way we are wasting our time for imported religion? We need to focus in our day to day life to do good for all. Than we will be judged accordingly. It will be pointless to believe but not to act. I would like to remained you what was happen during Hilesilase and Derg against Pentecost/ Evangelical there were humiliated by Orthodox follower there were denied there collective right there were bitten on the street and killed!!? Do not be hippocrat by saying Ethiopia is Christian land. I may tell you this hard fact just think
" American forces are persecuting Muslims in their own homeland as I write this. Of course, with the Christian support, this war would have never happened. Why aren't Christians upset about this? Why are Mosolony soldier were blessed by Vatican to kill our forefather in Ethiopia to tech as about religion I know for fact we are just joules they are building Mosque and they do fine with business sector and in good relation wit this Government.

Anonymous said...

You can ask the Americans or the Italians about the war. But Ethiopian people welcomed you when your ancestors were persecuted back then. You shouldn't compare our Mother country. You guys listen to Algazira & Arab Medias & want to bring that kind of Wuhabism in our Ethiopia. That will never happen. I think all Ethiopians should follow closely how the new Generation of Ethiopian Muslims are acting. Please visit their web pages Their Ethiopian Muslim federation & other medias. They are more simpetatic to Somalia’s than Ethiopia.
So if we don't act know it will be late for mom Ethiopia.
May God bless our Country

Anonymous said...

The fact of matter is the increase in the number of muslim population in Ethiopia coupled with the errosion of the population size of the orthodox christians alarmed basically Orthodox church . That is why they are provoking the muslims in unusual way. Still they try to portray Ethiopia as a land of christianity based on lies, fabrication and illusion. They are catching false histories told by previous kings...They should know that claiming Ethiopia as a land of christianity is against the consitution of the land. And any resposible citizen should stop these extreme fanatics from spreading their lies and their provocative action. These confused, irresposible and useless fanatics should be challenged legally as they are going in to no-go area.
Anyone who cares about his/her country should challenge these non-sense in all plat forms. Period

Anonymous said...

IS THIS TRUE ?

Every one should listen to this

http://amalethiopia.wordpress.com/

Anonymous said...

ወ ይ አ ለ መ ታ ደ ል አ ሉ

አ ለ ማ ወ ቁ ን ያ ወ ቀ አ ዋ ቂ ነ በ ር

የ ሙ ስ ሊ ም መ ማ ር እ ና መን ቃ ት ያ ንቀ ጠቀ ጣ ቸ ው ባ ላ ወ ቁ ት ነ ገ ር ይ ወ ሸ ክ ታ ሉ

I wish I wasn't an Ethiopian; unfortunately I'm proud Ethiopian.

Orthodox priests heavily failed to continue their suppression against the poor society of Ethiopia. Now their 'ም ል ም ል ዲያቆ ናት', because they were raised under their feet, are rushing everywhere for the destruction of Ethiopia. "ውሻ በ በ ላ በ ት ይ ጮ ሃ ል ነ ው ነ ገ ሩ "
Let's try to find a solution if you think their is a problem.
I don't care whether the people become all Christians or all Muslims. It's up to them; it's their personal choices as long as their is mutual respect. Islam never allow fighting except transgressors. To be honest, who's extremist? fanatics? Is that not 'mahibera kidusan' ማህበረ ቅዱሳን? I have never seen 'Ethiopian Muslim youth' organized and making movements either ritual or social if they do I appreciate them, Bravo.(cheers)
I believe all their men[or boys] all can wear 'Turban' or 'imamaat'
and their female[girls] can wear Hijab or even veil[face cover] based on what God orders them to do. And that shouldn't hurt jealous Christians or their leaders. Their believe should be measured by their respect to other believers not necessarily the same faith, or race or political order.
I'm sad intellectuality is perishing from some Ethiopians' mind and ignorance is developing. Ancient Ethiopians were smart enough to understand the truth and deny the falsehood and full of justice.
Justice for the oppressed, aamin.

Anonymous said...

It is really painful to read all this emails from The radical Islamist insurgents who happen to be Ethiopians. Tell us please why do you insult our priests who ignorantly let you come to our country at the first place? Do you want to impose Islamic law here in the land of Tewodros?
I hope the editor of our Dejeselam page will not let you post such a crazy opinon from Ethiopian Alkaidas.
Ethiopia is a choosen land & a holy land.

Anonymous said...

Watch the following film how Somali muslims kill a human like a chicken. Then ask if we shouldn't guard our country
http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.com
http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.com
http://somalisforjesus.blogspot.comhttp://somalisforjesus.blogspot.com

please look the videao which titled:
The beheading of Martyr Mansur Mohamed.

Then wake up Ethiopia

Anonymous said...

I watched the video, it is shociking to see how a human kills another human with a joy & worshiping their god.
PLEASE WATCH ALL OF YOU & PRAY FOR MOTHER ETHIOPIA!
GOD PLEASE FORGIVE THIS ANIMALS!

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የአቡነ ጳውሎስ "ሐውልተ ስምዕ"

ነጻ ፓትርያርክ ምርጫ ቢሆን ኖሮ ማንን ይመርጡ ነበር? እንበልና ሁሉም ነገር ሥርዓቱን ጠብቆ የተከናወነ የእጩዎች ምርጫ ቢሆን ኖሮ፣ አሁን የምናነሣቸው ጉድለቶች ባይኖሩ ኖሮ፣ 6ኛው ፓትርያርክ እንዲሆን የምትመርጡት ማንን ነበር? (ማሳሰቢያ፦ አሁን ያለው ክፍፍል እና የመንግሥት ተጽዕኖ ባይኖር ኖሮ ተብሎ የሚመለስ ጥያቄ ነው። የምን “ባይኖር ኖሮ ነው” የሚል አስተያየት ካለዎትም እናከብራለን።)