Dr. SHIFERAW Teklemaraim, Minister of Federal Affairs, said to regional and federal security and intelligence heads that the government has been faced with four major security concerns.
The first concern being the security threat caused by what he called “armed insurgent groups”; fully controlling these groups has been testing, he said. But, he noted, concerns that were created due to religious extremism have been fully controlled.
Recent demands have been the most vocal and the most sustained in the history of Ethiopian Muslims. But if they have gone the least bit beyond the scope of religion, then, ironically, they have been overtly secularist.
Many observers have documented the rise in Islamophobic sentiments in many western lands, especially since 9/11. While any collective castigation of a community is as stupid as it is immoral, sometimes it is not surprising.
When innocent people get confronted successively with the shocking facts of sudden loss of life and property by through the actions of certain members of a group of people, the suspicion towards the whole group gets amplified. Continue reading The Rise of Islamophobia in Ethiopia→