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‘800 people’ killed in massacre at Ethiopia’s Ark of the Covenant

CrownedEagle

Knight of Erza
Some 800 people were reportedly killed during a at a Christian in Axum, , where worshippers believe the Ark of the Covenant is housed.

The church of St Mary of Zion became a place of refuge for Ethiopians in the Tigray region fleeing the country’s civil war.

It came under siege last year amid clashes between government forces and rebel , resulting in hundreds of deaths, which have only become public knowledge now. Due to Tigray’s phone lines being cut and a ban on journalists, death toll estimates varied.

As the region begins to reconnect with the outside world, a deacon who says he witnessed the atrocity and its aftermath has given an account of what happened over the final weekend in November 2020.

He says he collected victims' identity cards and assisted with mass burials. The deacon, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because remains in Axum, says 800 people were murdered.

"If we go to the rural areas, the situation is much worse," he added.

Among the dead were local worshippers who had rushed to the church to defend its covenant, a wooden chest which is said to have been built to hold the Ten Commandments of Moses.

The atrocities of the Tigray conflict have largely occurred in the shadows due to its isolation from the rest of Africa and the world.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for making peace with neighbouring Eritrea, announced the fighting as the world focused on the US election.

He accused Tigray's regional forces, whose leaders dominated Ethiopia for nearly three decades before he took office, of attacking the Ethiopian military.

Tigray's leaders called it self-defence after months of tensions.

While the world clamours for access to Tigray to investigate suspected atrocities on all sides and deliver aid to millions of hungry people, the prime minister has rejected outside "interference."

He declared victory in late November and said no civilians had been killed. His government denies the presence of thousands of soldiers from Eritrea, long an enemy of the Tigray leaders.

The killing continues, according to the deacon. He said he helped bury three people last week.


 

hcheng02

Well-Known Member
Too many lives taken for another civil war. Near to a thousand people were killed yet there's hardly any response.

This should be all over the news, but it's not? I don't understand why.

There's hardly any response because everyone is still too focused on the COVID-19 pandemic - namely getting everyone vaccinated and mitigating the economic damage. There's simply no appetite to deal with anything else unless it directly impacts their citizens. Like, if these guys had launched a terrorist attack that directly killed the US citizens on US soil, then President Biden would be forced to respond. However, as it is, COVID-19 is still killing more Americans daily than this terrorist attack.

Furthermore, after the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan, the implosion of Syria and Libya, and the complete shitshow that was the Arab Spring nobody has any appetite for foreign interventions to prevent human rights abuses. You hear it all the time from Trump supporters on how he was supposedly better for foreign policy because he didn't go starting foreign wars. Well, this is the price you pay for not having foreign interventions when dictators ignore human rights, they are emboldened to massacre their opponents. That being said, can we in honesty say that foreign intervention is the lesser evil though?
 

Le Mâle-Pensant

Well-Known Member
We are the powerless witnesses of this. From what I understand, the massacre is not motivated by religious hatred. All we can hope is that the governments and the local leaders find a way to solve their issues.

Pray for the victims.
 

Cardboard Tube Knight

Well-Known Member
People here are used to ignoring whatever is happening in Africa or putting one of those stickers on the profile picture on Facebook to say OMG and act like that's going to solve the problem.
 

dr_shadow

Trust me, I'm a doctor
Moderator
If anyone is thinking "wait, what, Ark of the Covenant? Isn't that supposed to be lost?", this reminds us that Ethiopians practice Oriental Orthodox Christianity, which split from the Catholic Church as early as 451 AD. I also think the Ethiopian Empire was never part of the Roman Empire. This means they've been mostly unaffected by a lot of critical decisions taken in the Vatican, and therefore have some practices that seem exotic to mainstream Christians.

Overall, I think Oriental Orthodox Christianity is more similar to Judaism and Islam than Catholic or Protestant Christisnity. We can read this on Wikipedia:

Oriental Orthodox Christians, such as Copts, Syrians and Indians, use a breviary such as the Agpeya and Shehimo respectively, to pray the canonical hours seven times a day while facing in the eastward direction towards Jerusalem, in anticipation of the Second Coming of Jesus; this Christian practice has its roots in Psalm 118:164, in which the prophet David prays to God seven times a day.[26] Before praying, they wash their hands and face in order to be clean before and present their best to God; shoes are removed in order to acknowledge that one is offering prayer before a holy God.[27][28] In this Christian tradition, it is customary for women to wear a Christian headcovering when praying.[29]


The Ethiopian Church places a heavier emphasis on Old Testament teachings than one might find in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic or Protestant churches, and its followers adhere to certain practices that one finds in Orthodox or Conservative Judaism. Ethiopian Christians, like some other Eastern Christians, traditionally follow dietary rules that are similar to Jewish Kashrut, specifically with regard to the slaughter of animals. Similarly, pork is prohibited, though unlike Rabbinical Kashrut, Ethiopian cuisine does mix dairy products with meat, which in turn makes it even closer to Karaite and Islamic dietary laws (see Halal). Women are prohibited from entering the church temple during menses; they are also expected to cover their hair with a large scarf (or shash) while in church, as described in 1 Corinthians, chapter 11. As with Orthodox synagogues, men and women sit separately in the Ethiopian church, with men on the left and women on the right (when facing the altar).[49] (Women covering their heads and separation of the sexes in churches officially is common to some other Christian traditions; it is also the rule in some non-Christian religions, Islam and Orthodox Judaism among them). Ethiopian Orthodox worshipers remove their shoes when entering a church temple,[49] in accordance with Exodus 3:5 (in which Moses, while viewing the burning bush, was commanded to remove his shoes while standing on holy ground). Furthermore, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church upholds Sabbatarianism, observing the seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday), in addition to the Lord's Day (Sunday),[50] although more emphasis, because of the Resurrection of Christ, is laid upon Sunday. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church calls for male circumcision, with near-universal prevalence among Orthodox men in Ethiopia.[51]

 
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Cardboard Tube Knight

Well-Known Member
The Ark is empty, the shit was taken out of it sometime after Jesus was born.

If the Ark still worked, these people wouldn't have died (speaking in their logic) so why are they defending it?
 
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reiatsuflow

Well-Known Member
Was this an attack on christians in ethiopia or is it just militia stuff and it just so happened to have a conflict at the ark fo the covenant?
 

dr_shadow

Trust me, I'm a doctor
Moderator
I'm betting that like 90% of people only know about the Ark of the Covenant because of Indiana Jones.

Thx Spielberg & Lucas for helping educate people.
 
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