Thursday, February 17, 2011

EOTC Commits to Assist Development of Gambela

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church has committed to work together with Ethiopia's Gambela State to promote peace and development in the region. The Chief of State of Gambela, Omod Ubong, welcomed the Church's commitment at the inauguration of a boarding school in Gambela city by Patriarch Abune P'awlos of Addis Abeba.

Gambela's native ethnic groups are closely related to peoples in neighboring Sudan and suffered greatly from the slave trade conducted by both Arab Muslim states in the Sudan and Egypt and by the Orthodox Christian Ethiopian Empire. Taking this into account it is only reasonable that the Church as the last surviving institution of imperial Ethiopia help Gambela's peoples in their ongoing recovery from the effects of decades (possibly centuries?) of slave raids.

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