Ethiopia: "Sufi Islam is being replaced by fundamentalist militants"
Interview with Father Petros Berga - Ethiopia/Addis Abeba 26.11.2019
by Amélie de La Hougue.
Following the violent protests that rocked the country last month, killing 67 people, the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need spoke about it with Father Petros Berga, project partner of ACN and priest of the Diocese of Addis Ababa.
How is the situation in Addis Ababa and in your country? Do demonstrations continue every day?
The socio-political condition of the country in general is a little bit volatile now. Of course there are some ethnic issues in certain areas. But the serious danger is a threat from the Middle East. A certain ethno-religious activist named Jawar Mohammed, with illicit finance from the Middle East, mostly from Egypt, has become a serious threat for Christians in Ethiopia. In several areas Churches, priests and Christians were attacked. He has a satellite TV and a social media network with a large number of followers. The activists use the Oromo youth as an instrument to cause conflict. The young people are provided with cell phones donated by the Gulf countries etc.
Father Petros Berga from Ethiopia.