Ethiopia’s unique religious heritage suffers tragic damaged in the Tigray war

The magnificent religious buildings, libraries, paintings and artefacts of Tigray are being damaged and destroyed.

Some have been shelled and bombed; others have been looted.

Of course the deaths of people are an even higher price for Tigray to pay, but the damage to these buildings are a terrible blow – not just to Ethiopia and Africa, but to the whole world. They are part of our global heritage.

Churches, like Cherkos church in Zalambessa, have been hit. So too has the oldest mosque in Africa – al-Nejashi mosque near Wukro.

The monastery of Debre Damo is also reported to have been attacked. This is by no means a complete list of the damage.

Here are some images of what these buildings have suffered.

 

 

8 comments

  1. What are the conditions of libraries in the universities and the public libraries in the towns? Libraries are more than buildings but provide books, databases, access to internet, study space, safety, community. Eighth grade national exams have been given in other regions in the past few weeks. What are the plans for these students? As the article points out, death and starvation are a heavy price to pay, but there are long term effects for the future of the youth of the region.

  2. Ertirean and Ethiopian military must out of tigray we need justice stop #tigray Genocide
    Stop killing civilian

  3. I am lost of words. Nearly 3months no food or drinks, medication. why the world keep quite why???! How long can we stay without eating or drinking?

  4. amharas elites were constantly telling us they will earse Tigray from the map. They are massacring our people with UAE, Eritreans and Somlaians. The later might be motivated with hate to our values as Christians. That why many of our religious sites were destroyed. The newly emerging facts demonstrates this fact.

    PP is the loser , but you can’t see it since you are blindfolded by its propaganda.
    we donot want you at all. Shame on you you claim you worship God and some claim to submit to Allah when you are disseminating hate against the entire tigray people , kill their children, mothers, elders and destroy their mosque and churches.

    woyanene megidel yatsedikal tebalelign. We will see if you are free from corruption, nepostims and all sorts of crime including prostitution. Woyane help you to preach the gospel and muslims were even degraded with so many nasty appellations during derge regime let alone protestans who were imprisoned and killed.
    *
    keep on brain washing and telling fabricated stories of Adwa to your children. Amhara had never been will never be a victorious. However, amhara soldiers are known to be losers, coward killers of women and children in the churchyard.

  5. amharas elites were constantly telling us they will erase Tigray from the map. They are massacring our people with UAE, Eritreans and Somalians. The later might be motivated with hate to our values as Christians. That why many of our religious sites were destroyed. The newly emerging facts demonstrates this fact. PP is the loser , but you can’t see it since you are blindfolded by its propaganda. we don’t want you at all. Shame on you you claim you worship God and some claim to submit to Allah when you are disseminating hate against the entire Tigray people , kill their children, mothers, elders and destroy their mosque and churches. woyanene megidel yatsedikal tebalelign. We will see if you are free from corruption, nepostims and all sorts of crime including prostitution. Woyane help you to preach the gospel and muslims were even degraded with so many nasty appellations during derge regime let alone protestants who were imprisoned and killed. * keep on brain washing and telling fabricated stories of Adwa to your children. Amhara had never been will never be a victorious. However, amhara soldiers are known to be losers, coward killers of women and children in the churchyard.

  6. assena atv you are shabia selay how come you know whaat is happening there before anyone unless you are working with those spies working for abiy

    you pretend supporting tigray for money from youtube

    eritreans are eternal enemies of tigray

  7. our brothers eritreans killed our children, mothers, aunts and uncles and great grand fathers !! wow suprising . Ahwatina eritrewyiyan are heroes !! destroyed our heritages too. Words fail me to express and introduce you all those atrocities perpetrated by eritreans and those silences by eritrean refuges in abroad in abid to remain innocent .

    they killed us because woyane killed them for over 45 years and made them to flee eritrea and live a luxurious life in Europe , US and UK.Excellent story drafted and dessiminated by PJDF and accepted by eritreans undoubtedly as word of Allah.Insha Allah !

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