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Nobel Peace Prize of Ethiopian Prime Minister Questioned amid Conflict in Tigray

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 19, 2021

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Conservative MP, Tom Tugendhat and General Director for Medecins Sans Frontieres, Oliver Behn, in Amsterdam to discuss the disturbing reports of violent abuse of women by soldiers fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

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The Horrors of the Hidden War Inside the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia | Channel 4 News

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 19, 2021

Sexual violence against women – one of the horrific weapons of war. In Ethiopia where the conflict between Ethiopia’s national defence forces and Eritrean troops on one side, and fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front has been raging since last November, thousands of women have been raped and tortured. The Ethiopian prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel peace prize for ending one of Africa’s longest-running conflicts. But he now presides over a country where his troops are accused of aiding the abuse and torture of innocent people. Our Africa Correspondent Jamal Osman managed to get into Tigray . He went to Mekelle the capital of the region – where thousands have already fled and scores of women and young girls have been raped. He is one of the first foreign journalists to hear the stories in person of the women who have suffered unimaginably at the hands of the soldiers who raped and tortured them. This report contains highly distressing testimony.

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Ethiopian Herald Lied about The Axum Massacre | የኢትዮጵያ ሄራልድ ስለ አክሱም እልቂት ዋሸ

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 18, 2021

የአሜሪካውን ተቋም “ዩኤስኤአይዲ”ን ያላግባብና በወንጀል በሚያስቀጣ መልክ በሐሰት በመጥቀስ “ስለ አክሱም ጭፍጨፋ ምንም ማስረጃ የለም” ብለው ዜና ሲያሰራጩ የነበሩት ሜዲያዎች መሳሳታቸውን የፈረንሳዩ የዜና ወኪል ኤ.ኤፍ.ፒ አረጋገጠ። ከሜዲያዎቹ መካከል አንዱ ታሪካዊው “የኢትዮጵያ ሄራልድ/ Ethiopian Herald„ መሆኑ ደግሞ እጅግ በጣም ያሳዝናል።

በአክሱም እና በመላዋ ትግራይ መላው ዓለም ስለሚናገርላቸው ጭፍጨፋዎችና ግፎች በመቆርቆርና በመቆጣት ከሁሉ ፈጥነው መዘገብና እውነቱን መናገር የሚገባቸው እንደ ኢትዮጵያን ሄራልድ የመሳሰሉ ጋዜጣዎች መሆን ነበረባቸው፤ ነገር ግን አለመታደል ሆኖና ይባስ ብለው ተገቢ ያልሆነ የሐሰት ዜና ያሰራጫሉ፤ እንደው ስለ አክሱም ጽዮን ዝምታቸውን ቢቀጥሉ ይሻላቸው ነበር እኮ።

ይህ የቆሻሻው ዲቃላ የግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ሤራ ነው። ስልጣን ላይ የወጣበት ዋናው ምክኒያት በሚፈጥረውም ግርግርና ትርምስ ኢትዮጵያን የማፈራረስና ስሟንም የማጥፋት፣ ከባህል እስከ ታሪክ፣ ከተዋሕዶ እምነት እስከ ኢትዮጵያኛ ቋንቋ ሁሉንም የታሪካዊቷ ኢትዮጵያ የሆነውን ነገር ሁሉ የማጥፋትና በቦታዋም እስላማዊት ኩሽ ኦሮሚያን ለመመስረ ተልዕኮ ያለው የሰይጣን ቁራሽ ነው። እየተከተለው ያለው የሉሲፈራውያኑ ነፃ ግንበኞች/ፍሪሜሰኖች “ከትርምስ ሥርዓት መፍጠር”/ Order out of Chaos“ ይባላል።

በአክሱም ጽዮን ላይ ጭፍጨፋውን የፈቀደውና ባጠቃላይም ትግራይን ለማጥቃት የወሰነው ለዚህ ሰይጣናዊ ተልዕኮው ሲል ነው። አማራውን በቀላሉ መቆጣጠር እንደሚችልና ከኢትዮጵያዊነት ማንነቱም በቀላሉ መለየት እንደሚችል ላለፉት ሦስት ዓመታት ከአንዴም አሥር ጊዜ እየፈተነው ሙቀቱን ሲለቃ ከርሟል፤ ከባድ የሚሆነው የትግራዋያን ኢትዮጵያውያን ስለሚሆን ነው ይህን ሁሉ ጭፍጨፋ በደንብ ተዘጋጅቶበትና አስፈላጊውን ድጋፍንም አግኝቶ ከመቶ ሰላሳ ዓመታት በፊት በአፄ ምኒልክ የተጀመረውን የትግራዋይን ክፍፍል ጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ላይ “ኩሽ” ብሎ የጻፋትን ኢትዮጵያን “መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ላይ እግዚአብሔር የጠራት ኩሽ እኛ ነን” ብለው ምስራቅ አፍሪቃን እስላማዊት ኩሽ ኦሮሚያ ፣ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስንም የእስላሞች መጽሐፍ አድርገው ለመውረስ ነው ህልማቸው። ሕዝበ ክርስቲያኑን አጥፍተው ከጨረሱ በኋላ ልክ በአረብ አገራት በክርስቲያኖች መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ እግዚአብሔርን ‘አላህ’ ብለው በመቀየር ፣ በመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ የተጠቀሰችው የመጀመሪያዋ ሃገርም ኩሽ-ኦሮሚያ የእኛ ሃገር ናት፣ “የእስራኤል ልጆች ሆይ እናንተ ለእኔ እንደ ኢትዮጵያ ልጆች አይደላችሁምን? ይላል እግዚአብሔር” በ [ትንቢተ አሞጽ ፱*፮] የተናገረው ለእኛ ነው ወዘተ ይላሉ።

ጎን ለጎን የሰይጣን ቁራጩ እባብ ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ “ኢትዮጵያ” የሚለውን ስም በኢትዮጵያውያኑ ዘንድ እና በመላው ዓለም እንዲጠላ ለማድረግና ለማጉደፍ በኢትዮጵያ ስም ገንዘብ እየለመነ በኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ አሰቃቂ ግድያዎችን እየፈጸመ ነው፣ በኢትዮጵያ ስም ለዓለም መሪዎች ሐሰትን ይናገራል፣ “ምን ላድርግ ኢትዮጵያዊ በመሆኔ ተፈጥሮየ እንደዚህ ነው፤ ስለዚህ አፍርሼ ኦሮሚያ እስክገነባት ድረስ ትንሽ ታገሱኝ፤ የተሻለ ሰው እሆናለሁወዘተ”እያለ ኢትዮጵያን እንድትጠላ በማድረጉ ረገድ ተግቶ እየሠራ ነው። ቀደም ሲል ኦሮሞዎቹ አፄ ኃይለ ሥላሴ እና መንግስቱ ኃይለ ማርያም ኢትዮጵያን እንድትዋረድና ኢትዮጵያ የሚለው ስም ከረሃብ ጋር እኩል እንዲጠራ የኢትዮጵያን መሠረት ትግራይን በተደጋጋሚ በርሀብ ቀጥተዋት ነበር።

ሆኖም የዚህ አረመኔ አውሬ ተልዕኮና ህልም ሁሉ ከንቱ ይሆናል፤ እግዚአብሔርን በትልቅ ድፍረት ዋቄዮ-አላህ ለማድረግ፣ ተዋሕዶ ክርስትናን ለመንጠቅና መላዋ ኢትዮጵያን ለመውረስ ያቀደችው ህልመኛዋ እስላማዊት ኩሽ-ኦሮሚያም ወደ ኤርታ አሌ እሳተ ገሞራ ተጠራርጋ ትጣላለች።

💭 በተረፈ ግራኝ በ “ኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ” + “በኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ” + “በኢትዮጵያ ቴሌኮም” + “በኢትዮጵያ ሄራልድ” ላይ ዓይኑን አነጣጥሯል። “ኢትዮጵያ” የሚለውን የባለቤትነት ስም ለማስገፈፍ ተቋማቱንም ለክርስቶስ ተቃዋሚ ቱርክ እና አረቦች አሳልፎ ለመስጠት ድርድሮች ላይ ነው።

Social Media Posts Falsely Claim that Usaid Found NO Evidence Oo a Massacre In Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Two weeks after Amnesty International released an in-depth investigation concluding that hundreds of civilians were killed by Eritrean forces in the city of Axum in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, posts circulating on social media claimed that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted its own investigation and found no evidence that the atrocities happened. This is false; USAID told AFP Fact Check that the organisation was not the source of these claims, which were also dismissed on social media.

“Some Good NEWS from USAID, #Axum massacre neither occurred nor substantiated (sic),” reads the caption from a Facebook post published on March 9, 2021.

The post, with more than 130 shares, includes a graphic of a news report by the Ethiopian Herald claiming USAID had found no evidence for the massacre following its own investigation.

Similar claims were shared on Facebook here and here. It was also retweeted hundreds of times on Twitter here and here.

However, the claims are false. USAID spokesman Ryan Essman told AFP Fact Check in an email on March 11, 2021, that the organisation was not the source of the quotes attributed to them in the article.

Essman pointed to two tweets from USAID’s official account that addressed the falsely-attributed statements.

“Contrary to a recent report in the Ethiopian Herald about a USAID investigation in Axum, USAID has neither conducted an investigation nor sent a team to investigate the reported events that took place in Axum,” reads one tweet, posted March 9, 2021.

Another tweet in the same thread said: “The U.S. government encourages independent investigations into all reported incidents of atrocities and remains committed to providing humanitarian assistance to all people affected by the ongoing conflicts in Tigray and other parts of the country.”

On March 1, 2021, USAID assembled a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to “assess the situation in Tigray, identify priority needs for the scale-up of relief efforts, and work with partners to provide urgently-needed assistance to conflict-affected populations across the region”.

AFP Fact Check contacted the Ethiopian Herald about the newspaper’s article but has yet to receive a response. This fact check will be updated if we receive a comment.

According to social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle, the article, published on March 9, 2021, has been shared on Facebook more than 1,100 times.

Axum massacre

The false claims surfaced shortly after Amnesty International released an in-depth investigation based on satellite imagery and eye-witness testimonies that concluded the killing of hundreds of civilians in Axum by Eritrean troops was “coordinated and systematic” and “may also constitute crimes against humanity”.

The report from Amnesty found that “between 19 and 28 November 2020, Eritrean troops operating in the Ethiopian city of Axum, Tigray, committed a series of human rights and humanitarian law violations, including killing hundreds of civilians”.

The organisation gathered testimonies from more than 240 people but was unable to independently verify the exact death toll. However, the report noted that corroborating testimonies and evidence indicated that hundreds died, as AFP reported.

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US Secretary of State Condemns Ethnic Cleansing in Ethiopia’s Tigray | አይ አማራ! ኢትዮጵያን እንዲህ ታዋርዷት?!

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 11, 2021

🔥 Ethiopia’s Leader Faces Intense Pressure to End Tigray War

🔥 የኢትዮጵያ “ህገ-ወጥ” መሪ የትግራይ ጦርነትን ለማቆም ከፍተኛ ጫና ገጠመው

እኛ ኢትዮጵያውያን የአሜሪካን፣ የተባበሩት መንግስታትንና የሌሎች የውጭ ኃይላትን ወደ ኢትዮጵያ እንዲገቡ የምንመኝበት ወቅት ላይ መድረሳችን ይህ ዛሬ ኢትዮጵያን የተረከባት ትውልድ ምን ያህል እንደወረደ ነው የሚነግረን። ስንት “አዋቂና ብልህ ነኝ” የሚል ወገን በበዛባት አገር አንድ እንኳን “ጦርነቱ ይቁም! የኤርትራ፣ የአማራና የኦሮሞ ሰአራዊቶች ከትግራይ ይውጡ!” ብሎ ለሰላም የሚታገልና የሚጮኽ ሰው አልተገኘም።

ዛሬ፤ እንኳን “ኢትዮጵያውያን አይደለንም” የሚሉት ኦሮሞዎች ቀርተው፤ “ኢትዮጵያዊ ነኝ” የሚለው አማራ እንኳ የትግራይ ሕዝብ መጨፍጨፉን ይሻዋል፣ ይደግፈዋል እንዲቀጥል ይፈቅዳል። አዎ! ፹፭/85% የሚሆነው። እያየነው እኮ ነው፤ አይይ እንደው፤ አማራ ነኝ በሚለው ወገን ውስጥ የአህዛብ ናዚዎች፣ የቱርኮችና የዋቄዮ-አላህ-አቴቴ እርኩስ መንፈስ ገብቶበታል። በጣም ያሳዝናል፤ ቃኤል ማለት እኮ ይህ ነው!

የአረመኔው ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድና ኢሳያስ ዕቅድ እኮ ስድስት ሚሊየን ትግራዋይን በደቡባውያኑ የዋቄዮ-አላህ ልጆች፣ በቃኤላውያኑ አማራዎች እና በአህዛብ ቤን አሚሮች እርዳታ መጨፍጨፍ ነው! ልክ ሂትለር በስድስት ሚሊየን አይሁዶች ላይ እንዳደረገው፤ እነዚህ እንዲያውም ከ ከናዜዎችም ከአይሲስም የከፉ አረመኔዎች ሆነው ነው ያገኘናቸው። ጭፍጨፋው በማይካድራ ነው የጀመረው፤ ፕሮፓጋንዳውንም ከ Joseph Goebbels ነው የኮረጁት! እስኪ ይታየን ዛሬ ጀርመኖች ተነስተው “ውሸት ነው፤ አይሁዶች አልተጨፈጨፉም፣ ዝም በሉ! ተጨፍጭፈዋል አትበሉ” ለማለት ወደ አደባባይ ሲወጡ፤ በጭራሽ የማይታሰብ ነው! እንዲያውም የወንጀሉ ተካፋይ ያልሆነው የዛሬው ጀርመናዊ ትውልድ በመንፈስም፣ በቁሳቁስም እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ እጅግ ከፍተኛ ዋጋ እየከፈለ ነው።

አማራው፣ ቤን አሚሩና ኦሮሞው በትግራይ ሕዝብ ላይ እየፈጸሙት ላለው ከባድ ወንጀል ወይ እንደ ጀርመኖች ንስሐ እየገባ በመጨነቅና በመጠበብ ይኖራል፣ አልያ ደግሞ እንደ ቱርኮች “አርመኖች አልተጨፈጨፉም፤ ውሸት ነው” እያሉ ገሃነም እሳትን ለብዙ ትውልድ በኪሳቸው ይዘዋት እየተቅበዘበዙ ይኖራሉ። ጀርመኖችንም፣ አይሁዶችንም፣ ቱርኮችንም፣ አርመኖችንም ለረጅም ጊዜ በቅርቡ የማውቃቸውና የውስጣቸውንም መንፈሳዊ ይዞታ በሚገባ ደርሽበታለሁ፤ አያድርስ የሚያሰኝ ነው። የኛዎቹን ከዚህ አስከፊ ሁኔታ ባፋጣኝ እንዲርቁ ላስጠነቅቃቸው እወዳለሁ። የንጹሐን ጭፍጨፋ ቀላል ነገር እንዳይመስለን፤ ለብዙ ትውልድ የሚተላለፍ ከፍተኛ መዘዝ የሚኖረው ነው። በዚያኛው ዓለምማ ምን ሊገጥማቸው እንደሚችል ባናወራው ይሻላል።

Ethiopia’s government on Thursday faced mounting pressure to withdraw troops from the northern region of Tigray amid growing reports of war crimes in an embattled area that now faces a humanitarian crisis.

Criticism of the conduct of government troops and their allies from neighboring Eritrea grew after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asserted Wednesday that “ethnic cleansing” has happened in parts of Tigray.

The challenge in Ethiopia is very significant, and it’s one that we are very focused on, particularly the situation in Tigray, where we are seeing very credible reports of human rights abuses and atrocities that are ongoing,” Blinken told the foreign affairs committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Although Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed concerns about the actions of the fugitive leaders of Tigray, Blinken said, “the situation in Tigray today is unacceptable and has to change, and that means a few things. It means making sure that we are getting into the region, into Tigray. Aid workers and others … to make sure that the people are cared for, provided for and protected.”

Eritrean troops as well as fighters from Amhara, an Ethiopian region bordering Tigray, “need to come out,” he said, adding that the region needs “a force that will not abuse the human rights of the people of Tigray or commit acts of ethnic cleansing, which we’ve seen in western Tigray. That has to stop.”

There was no immediate comment from Ethiopian authorities.

But the fugitive leaders of Tigray seized on Blinken’s comments, issuing a statement on Thursday condemning what they called “the genocidal campaign” targeting their people.

Thousands of civilians have been massacred, hundreds of thousands forcibly displaced from their homes, civilian installations and Infrastructures systemically destroyed,” said the statement posted on Twitter by Getachew Reda, one of the fugitive leaders of Tigray. “Despite shamelessly protesting its innocence and profusely promising to allow access to humanitarian agencies and international investigation into allegations, Abiy Ahmed’s regime and its partners in crime have only stepped up their war crimes and crimes against humanity in recent weeks and days.”

A senior Ethiopian diplomat on Wednesday quit his post in Washington over concerns about the reported atrocities in Tigray. Berhane Kidanemariam, who served as the deputy chief of mission at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, slammed Abiy as a reckless leader who is dividing his country.

Accounts of atrocities by Ethiopian and allied forces against residents of Tigray have been detailed in reports by The Associated Press and by Amnesty International. Ethiopia’s federal government and regional officials in Tigray both maintain that each other’s governments are illegitimate after the pandemic disrupted elections.

The conflict began in November, when Abiy sent government troops into Tigray after an attack there on federal military facilities. No one knows how many thousands of civilians have been killed in the conflict.

Humanitarian officials have warned that a growing number of people might be starving to death in Tigray. The fighting erupted on the brink of harvest in the largely agricultural region and sent an untold number of people fleeing their homes. Witnesses have described widespread looting by Eritrean soldiers as well as the burning of crops.

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‘Fresh Prince’ Alfonso Ribeiro on #TigrayGenocide

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 10, 2021

💭 Thanks! እናመሰግናለን!

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People In Tigray Sleeping in Open Fields, Drinking Puddle Water & Eating Tree-Bark & Roots Just to Survive

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 10, 2021

👉 በትግራይ ያሉ ወገኖቻችን በገላጣ ሜዳዎች ላይ እየተኙ ነው፣ ለመኖር ብቻ ከጉድጓድ ውሃ በመጠጣት እና የዛፍ-ቅርፊት እና ሥሮችን በመብላት ላይ ናቸው። 😢😢😢

💭 Calls for peace and humanitarian relief in Ethiopia-s war-torn Tigray region

The atrocities and worsening refugee crisis has sparked international attention with a 24-hour live-streamed vigil calling for peace and humanitarian relief. UNHCR Ethiopia spokesperson Chris Melzer tells The World his organization has heard stories of people sleeping in open fields, drinking puddle water and eating tree-bark and roots just to survive.

የትግራይን ጀነሳይድ በሚመለከት የውጭ ሜዲያዎች በየቀኑ ብዙ ዜናዎችን እያቀበሉን ነው። ምናልባት ከሌላ ፕላኔት መጥተው የሚሆኑት “ኢትዮጵያውያን ነን” ባዮች ግን የወደቁት መላዕክት ኒፊልሞች (ሪዓይት) ዝርያዎች ሳይሆኑ አይቀሩም፤ ኒፊሊሞቹ ተናብበው እንደሚያደርጉት በዚህ በሃገራችን በጣም አስከፊ ወቅት እነርሱም በጋራ ዝም፣ ጸጥ፣ ጭጭ።

👉 የጀርመኑ ታዋቂ ጋዜጣ “ዲ ሳይት” ከሁመራ ወደ ሱዳን እንዲሰደዱ ስለተገደዱት ወገኖች ይህን ርዕስ ይዞ መጥቷል፦

☆“እነሱ እኛን ይገድሉናል የተቀረው የአገሪቱ ክፍልም ዝም ብሏል”

እኛ ትግራይ ከዚህ በኋላ በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ምንም ቦታ የለንም ፣ እነሱ እኛን እያጠቁን ነው ፣ እየገደሉን ነው። የተቀረውም ሀገር ዝም ብሏል። ፊታቸውን ዳግመኛ ማየት አልፈልግም፡፡

💭 የጋዜጣው አንባቢ አስተያየት፦

ኢትዮጵያ በአቢሲኒያ ጦርነት ለአራት ዓመታት ብቻ በጣሊያን ከመያዟ በቀር የ 3000 ዓመታት ታሪክ ወደኋላ መለስ ብላ የምትመለከት ሃገር ናት፡፡ ቅኝ ገዥነትን በተሳካ ሁኔታ ካሸሹ ጥቂት የአፍሪካ አገራት ውስጥ አንዷ ኢትዮጵያ ነች፡፡ በትግራይ ክልል የተፈጠረው ግጭት አላስፈላጊ እና የሚፀፀት ነው እና ህዝቡ / ተጎጂዎቹ አሁን በግልጽ እርዳታ ያስፈልጋቸዋል።

👉 “Sie töten uns, und der Rest des Landes schweigt

“Wir Tigray haben keinen Platz mehr in Äthiopien. Sie greifen uns an. Sie töten uns. Und der Rest des Landes schweigt. Ich will ihre Gesichter nie wiedersehen.”

💭 “Aethiopien blickt auf 3000 Jahre Geschichte zurueck, in denen Aethiopien gerade mal vier Jahre waehrend des Abessinienkriegs von Italien besetzt war.

Aethiopien ist eines der wenigen afrikanischen Laender, welches sich dem Kolonialismus erfolgreich entziehen konnte. Der Konflikt in der Tigray-Region ist ebenso unnoetig wie bedauerlich und die Leute/Opfer brauchen ganz klar Hilfe.

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Why Are There So Few Christian Refugees From Syria In The UK?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 7, 2016

bishop-angaelos-in-the-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre-in-jerusalemFaith leaders and aid workers have spoken out against the tiny proportion of Christian refugees admitted to Britain under the Government scheme to help the suffering people of Syria.

Under two per cent of Syrian refugees admitted to Britain since the scheme began are Christian, compared to 97.5 per cent that are Muslim.

Before the war began, an estimated 10 per cent of the population of Syria was Christian. Even now that so many have fled and been displaced, there are still 772,000 Christians in Syria, more than four per cent of the population of 1.86 million.

David Cameron, then Prime Minister, pledged in September last year to take 20,000 Syrian refugees to Britain.

The faith of refugees admitted under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettleent Scheme (VPR) has not previously been made publicly available but Christian Today obtained the figures via a Freedom of Information Request.

Home Office records show that between September 7, 2015 and June 30 this year, 2,659 individuals were resettled under the VPR scheme.

These included 2,592 Muslims and just 51 Christians, four of whom are identified as Eastern Orthodox. There are also three Druze and 13 Yazidis

The end of June is the date of the most recently published statistics.

John Pontifex, head of information at Aid to the Church in Need, a charity that has been active in helping Christians in the region, said he had visited Christian communities in Syria decimated by Daesh, or Islamic State.

He described the underlying fear that the whole community will be wiped out.

“It is clear that in many communities, a very high proportion of Christians have suffered and been forced away. So a disproportionately high number of Christians are in need of help in Syria. The fact that out of 2,659 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK there are only 51 Christians takes no account of the reality on the ground. It takes no account of the high level of suffering inflicted on Christian and other minority groups such as Yazidis that have been specifically targeted and displaced. These figures show their suffering is being ignored.”

He said many Christians slipped through the net because they did not want to register as Christians at refugee camps, as this itself could lead to them being “targeted” in the camps. So they preferred to seek sanctuary in the homes of other Christians, even if that meant sleeping 30 people to a room.

“This highlights the degree to which Christians are being left out. They are unable to claim proper help or to seek asylum in the West,” he said. “This is a community of suffering that has just disappeared below the radar. It is a crying shame, and these figures point to the way the crisis facing Christians, Yazidis and other minority faiths has been completely overlooked.”

Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK told Christian Today that Christians are marginalised in the scheme because many of them feel unable to register through the official UNHCR channels.

He said the answer was to use Church networks on the ground to register the Christians needing resettlement, but at the moment there is no mechanism for that to happen.

He said: “It is not that they cannot register. They do not register. It is almost as if they are anxious about registering for resettlement. They fear this will make it look as though they are not citizens, and do not wish to stay in their own country.”

In addition, they fear that registering for resettlement will make them a greater “target” than they are already, and more vulnerable to persecution.

“To use the local church networks would be ideal. We need to encourage UNHCR to work with local churches to provide registration points.”

He added: “It is very good people are given the opportunity to come to Britain, whether they are Muslim or Christian or whatever their faith is. But Christians need to be encouraged as much as possible to register.”

Christian Today is awaiting a comment from the Home Office.

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