RAPE USED AS A MASS WEAPON OF WAR

RAPE USED AS A MASS WEAPON OF WAR

The existence of Ethiopia is our pride and honor.
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed

ETHIOPIA:

WHAT’S GOING ON?

The Ethiopian government has announced that Eritrean forces have begun to withdraw from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

A damaged home after a confrontation with federally aligned forces in the city of Wukro, north of Mekelle.
A damaged home after confrontation with federally aligned forces in Wukro, Tigray

Horrifying witness accounts of savagery and sexual violence have emerged of Eritrean soldiers killing Tigrayan men and boys and raping displaced civilians.

The true death toll since the conflict started in November remains unknown, but almost 2000 people have been identified to have been killed in 150 massacres by warring factions.

Wukro General Hospital, north of Mekelle, Ethiopia, in February. Over 500 sexual assaults have been reported at five health centers in Tigray, a senior United Nations official said last week, and the actual figure is likely much higher.
Wukro General Hospital, one of the five health Tigray health centers where over 500 sexual assults have been reported

From observation, it is obvious that what started as a “competition for power” has plummeted into ethnic cleansing.

“My case is not unique,” said Mona Lisa. “I fought the soldier off. But there are so many women all over this region who were actually raped.”
“My case is not unique,” said 18-year-old Mona Lisa, a high school graduate. “I fought the soldier off. But there are so many women all over this region who were actually raped.”

Many believe that the killings have become genocidal, starting off as being politically driven and morphing into the intent to destroy an entire people.

The Biden administration has been pressing for Eritrea to withdraw its forces, and for the Ethiopian government to end its military offensive.

A damaged tank on the outskirts of Mekelle, Tigray’s capital city. Months into the war, stories of rape and sexual assault have become a central element in the conflict.
A damaged tank on the outskirts of Mekelle, Tigray’s capital city

The crisis is continuing to gain more and more attention, with celebrities such as The Weeknd, making hefty donations to those in need.

Last Sunday, the Grammy-Award winning singer of Ethiopian heritage announced that he’s donating $1 M towards relief efforts for his people.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Blessings to all of you, my beloved brothers and sisters. Shalom. Welcome back to my blog! I greet you all, and I pray the Lord be with you, especially in such perilous times as these, as the Bible describes (2 Tim 3:1). It’s crazy how so many nations are currently facing inner turmoil and civil unrest… in fact, it’s almost alarming. Yet notice the keyword that I just used: “almost.” I say this because Jesus Christ clearly and specifically laid out how events such as these would look.

Matt 24:7 (KJV) reads that in the last days, “…nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Obviously, today’s story is a prime example of nation rising against nation. Even more so, later in the Bible Paul speaks to his spiritual son, Timothy, describing how people will act in this day and age. Scripture says that men shall be trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (aka lack of self-control), despisers of those that are good, traitors, high-minded, and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Tim 3:2-4 KJV), just to name a few of the attributes.

Yet despite the trials and tribulations of this world, and the type of wickedness that currently abounds in it, we are not without hope. In fact, the Word of God says that “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter… [yet] in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Rom 8:36-37 KJV). Child of God, the Bible doesn’t discredit the fact that we go through turbulent challenges. Yet in all these things, we are not victims. Victim mentality is not in our DNA. We are more than conquerors!

It’s only the Spirit of God that can give you this powerful outlook on life. When Apostle Peter was walking on water (Matt 14:22-31), his eyes were set on Jesus and not on the waves, and that gave him the supernatural strength to do what others could not do. Likewise, when our eyes our set on the Lord, the joy of the Lord becomes our strength (Neh 8:10), and we have the ability to overcome every battle and challenge, both in this world and the world to come.

So take heart, my dear brothers and sisters. In these times, don’t allow yourself to get distracted by politics, civil unrest, financial lack or any other care of this life. Never let these temporary cares cloud the place where Jesus Christ should reign in your heart. Receive Jesus’ peace that he mentioned that the world cannot give (John 14:27)… the type of peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6). He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5), and he dwells on the inside of us (1 John 4:13). Rejoice that we are registered as citizens in an eternal kingdom that cannot be shaken!

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