Ethiopian faith leaders condemn killings and call for an immediate ceasefire

Statement of Interreligious Council of Ethiopia (Religious Fathers) on the current situation of Ethiopia

To the respected people of Ethiopia

First of all, we would like to condemn the killings that targeted innocent civilians throughout the country and to express our deep condolences for the victims.

We wish strength and courage for all the victims and their families.

In addition to that it is deeply saddened us that the violent conflict erupted between the Federal Government and the Tigray Regional Government.

We have tried to facilitate peaceful dialogue cession to bring together the two parties to prevent the violent conflict and our effort was not successful due to different reasons and that also saddened us.

When God/Creator creates human being, He has given great wisdom, intelligence and grace to recognize the past and future and to adjust its life system accordingly. We would like to remind you that war by its nature is distractive and destroyer. It is the worst option to resort to due to its human and economic cost. Especially, when brothers are fighting, no one comes out the winner.

Therefore, we urge you all (the Federal and Tigray regional states) to prioritize the safety of citizens and stability of the nation.

The following is our fatherly advice and message for all.

  1. Respected Federal and Tigray regional states, we strongly advise you to give priority for

the peace and stability of our country and we forward our call for an immediate cease fire

without any preconditions.

  1. Respected Prosperity and TPLF party Leaders, we would like to forward our call for a

dialogue between both of you and to give solutions for your political differences.

  1. Respected Religious Leaders in all level, we would like to forward our call to mediate

between two parties to bring peace and to remind you that the result of militant violent

conflict well be worst unless they solve it in peaceful dialogue.

  1. Respected Elders, Abba Geda’s (Traditional Leaders), Fathers, Mothers and Influential

people in the Society, we would like to forward our call for all of you to influence and

ply your role to do not escalate the violent conflict between brothers.

  1. Respected Media Groups, we would like to forward our call to you to understand that the

conflict is between brothers and to report the situation with utmost caution and with the

highest sense of responsibility.

  1. Beloved Ethiopian Youth Groups, we would like to forward our call to you to refrain

from using ways that will fuel the conflict.

  1. Respected Security personnel and commanders, we would like to forward our call to you

to handle the situation with wisdom and patience.

  1. Respected Social Media Activists, we would like to forward our call to you to work for

peace and stability instead of fueling the conflict on your reports/messages.

 

Finally, we would like to forward our call to all religious groups to pray and fast according to your faith, starting from November 5/2020 to a week to avoid the hate speech and evil spirit from our country which escalates the violent conflict.

May God bless Ethiopia and its Nation

Let be Peace for our Country!

 

4 November 2020

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Note: – The Statement was given by Amharic and translated into English by Adane Dechassa

5 comments

  1. Most Ethiopians claim as we are the choosen and blessed people. Although our history tells us otherwise. The period we had been free from conflict and recurrent natural disaster in our history is so limited, which as a result we remain the poorest country in the world, who depend on other support for our basic need like food security. Specially this year with severe flood, deseret locust invasion, the corona pandemic , the GRED conflict and unrest through the country and the horrible war we are in and anticipated severe draught and famine, can never be an indication of blessed people. Please let us hear our faith leaders and elders and pray if God might forgive us.

  2. Egypt finally manages to score against Ethiopia to stop the GERD. For 50 years Egypt gave weapons to Eritrea and Tigray to fight an unwinnable war. Ethiopia was totally destabilised and could not build GERD. Thousands died of war, hunger, famine, thirst. Ethiopia made peace with Eritrea. Egyptian weapons were abandoned. Trump backed Egypt against Ethiopia. Trump is a loser. Biden is pro Ethiopia. Kamala Harris is part Jamaican. Let Egypt try.

  3. This mediation attempt was rejected by Rogoues and they vowed to dismember the nation unless give license again to rob, torture , kill and monopolize violence in this country.First of all they are Marxists and work day and night to creat Godless and evil system through robbery, mass killing and ethnic based hatred and killings. Their very history is rooted in hate, inferiority syndrom and worked for decades to undermine the Ethiopian peaceful nationhood. In the near future you will see mass graves , hidden prisons and sad stories as their near past legacies of this terrorist group. Better them to hand themselves to face justice than to cause further atrocities. I hope peacefull people in Mekelle and elsewhere get maximum support from our National Defense Forces. Eritrea Hub please stop from spreading false and exaggirated news. This one is better than many of your shocking exaggiration. We get no profit from lies exccept sin and distructin. Finally the thugs knows know God, No Country and nothing except their delusionary Gorrella life style in the 21 century. Long Live Peacefull Ethiopia and Her struggling and humble citizens.

  4. Good on religious leaders , I hope a politician listen to their advice stop this war immediately and open dialogue like they said, no body wins in a war between brothers god bless them. Blessed are the peace makers.

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