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 Christian Teenage Girls Sentenced to Prison on Ethiopia for Evangelism

UPDATE: Ethiopian girls in prison for a book ‘countering attacks on Christianity’

Date: November 16,

Three teenage Christian girls yesterday (15 Nov.) appeared in court in Babile, some 550km east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, charged with inciting religious violence.

The girls, whose names were given as Eden, 15, Gifti, 14, and Mihiret, 14 – together with an older girl, named Deborah – were arrested in the mainly Muslim region, following the distribution of a Christian book apparently seeking to counter widely-circulated polemics by a well-known Islamic critic.

In a brief hearing, the judge sentenced all four to one month in prison after asking the prosecutor to present evidence. World Watch Monitor (WWM) learnt that the girls will be transferred to a larger prison in a town called Gelemiso to serve the sentence among common criminals, even though three of them are below the age of 18.
The judge allowed for an appeal but it can only take place after their transfer.

The girls’ families are said to be shocked by the verdict but have not decided yet if they will appeal.

Local Muslims said the book was “an insult to Islam”, which led to an attack on a church and the arrest of the four teenagers, as reported by WWM on 19 October.
Ethiopia is a mainly Christian country, with areas of significant Muslim presence. According to World Watch List 2016, it ranks 18th of 50 countries in which it is most difficult to live as a Christian.

 2016/11/24 14:39

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