Flag of Ethiopia Rank: 17
Score: 65/100
2013 Rank: 15
Leader: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Government: Federal Republic
Main Religion: Christianity (mainly Orthodox)
Population: 90.2 million (52.2 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/Denominational elitism

Christian Persecution in EthiopiaPersecution in Ethiopia originates from a number of sources: religious, political, tribal and communal. Opposition comes not only from within Islam, but from the church itself. Muslims report Muslim-background believers’ gatherings to the government in the hope that they will be seen as illegal activities, while the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has difficulties reconciling itself to the growing number of non-traditional Protestants and reform-oriented groups within its own denomination. Some Christians have experienced attacks on churches and homes – forcing them to flee – as well as job losses and enforced divorce.


  • For Open Doors as it supports widows like Lalisa and Buze, whose husbands were brutally murdered for their faith.
  • For churches in southern Ethiopia supporting Muslim-background believers who have been displaced from their communities.
  • For wisdom and courage for church pastors as they model a response to persecution.

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  • iLotus

    That is a good question.

  • Estibel Negash

    Ethiopian government is a secular. Ethiopian government implements communism indirectly. So that, both Muslims and Christians suffer persecution from the government. Plus, the Evangelical Christians suffer persecution from Militant Muslim groups and illiterate Orthodox believers. Plus, the Orthodox followers suffer persecution from the militant Muslim groups in the place where Muslims concentrated high. The nature of Ethiopian Christians persecution is a little complicated. This is a reality!

    However, I don’t believe that Muslims are dominant in Ethiopia.

  • Ken Palmer

    I agree with my sister. In Jesus Name.

  • Edith Kurie

    Almighty Father God, I pray in Jesus’ name for those Christians in Ethiopia who are persecuted and that You would guard and protect them, even from their own families. Help them find safety where they can worship You in peace and truth. I pray too God that You would bless the hearts and minds of those who do not know You with Your forgiveness and love that they might know the blessing of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • Luciano and Janie

    The Apostle Paul spoke of his trials and persecution. In the book of Acts he said”You yourselves know, from the first that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house.”Acts 20: 18-20.
    In the 2nd letter to the Corinthians, Paul the Apostle, said ” We are affflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not desparing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Cor 4: 8-11.
    Let us be ready to stand in Faith before the enemies of the cross, praying and studying the word of our God.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning first on behalf of Hayat. I ask that You would please protect her and keep her safe and lead her to a place where right now she can be taken care of and can grow spiritually. I pray that You would also speak to her father and save him so that the two of them can be reconciled and can serve You together. I ask for salvation for Hayat’s entire family! I also pray for widows of the faith like Lalisa and Buze and the many many other who were not named. I ask for Your divine comfort and healing for them as their husbands were brutally murdered. There’s no way for any human being to be able to bring the comfort that You can bring to them after such a tragedy… but I know that You are able and that You can give grace that no one else can give. I ask that You would continue to give wisdom and provision and anointing to Open Doors and all other organizations who are serving the persecuted in Ethiopia, that they would be able to continue to minister to widows like these two and support them as they go through extremely dark times. I pray for the churches especially in Southern Ethiopia who are serving and supporting MBBs. I pray that You would give them such wisdom! I ask that You would bless them for their service to Your new children… that they would be able to support them in their spiritual growth in a way that a parent would help support the growth of a child. I pray that You would help these new brothers to find communities of support and fellowship so that they can grow properly and then can turn around and help those who will come after them in the faith. I also pray for the Mslms of Ethiopia who are not yet believers and ask for You to grant them the faith that they need to believe. Use Your people in Ethiopia to speak Your word with great boldness and to be led to those who are in darkness. I ask that You would appear to them in dreams and relentlessly pursue them by Your Holy Spirit. Finally, I agree with my brothers and sisters reading this post in prayer for the pastors and leaders who are being persecuted. I pray special grace upon all of them as they model a response to persecution for their congregations… that those under their care would see non-vengeance and peace and would seek to emulate that when they face their own persecution. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name, amen.

    • Minasie

      who give the rank. Most protestant in Ethiopia use immoral act to preach their devil idea. So how u say the are persecuted. U did not get the reality

  • grant

    Changiman, this statement is totally false. The issues you mention are not even distantly related to any religion, but instead where prey political actions. Also, a few were carried out either by people who were acting on false beliefs that do not even remotely line up with those of true Christianity or by people who used the label of Christianity as a veil behind which they could carry out evil deeds. However, through this post you did prove the importance of holding true Christian beliefs and the evil that can come from believing false teaching.