Hate is obstructing a path for peace in the Ethiopia Tigray conflict

In the midst of potential peace negotiations a growing message of hate continues unabated from Abiy Ahmed’s powerbase

There seems to be growing dissension in the Ethiopian political factions which pressed for the savage military aggression against Tigray over a year ago. While some communication about peace negotiation is going on between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray leadership many of those in Abiy Ahmed’s powerbase are continuing messages of hate and the need to not only vanquish but wipeout the Tigray people. Military leaders, diaspora internet pro-Ahmara “news”, and clerics have not abated their hate.

While Ethiopia once used to pride itself as being one of the most religious nations in the world there is no doubt that the the barbarism seen by forces of the Ethiopian government and allies are not consistent with Christian or Muslim teachings. For Ethiopian Christians they seem to forget that scripture in both the Old and New Testament warn that hate increases man’s distance from the God who made all humans and our salvation. God loves all sinners as much as he loves us. Simply explained in 1 John 4:20 (NIV) “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research.

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