Seven detained Tigrayan nuns released in Ethiopia

Seven Catholic ethnic Tigrayan nuns arrested by Ethiopian security forces in November last year have been freed and are reportedly in good health conditions.

Jan 21, 2022


By Lisa Zengarini
Seven Catholic ethnic Tigrayan nuns arrested by Ethiopian security forces in November last year have been freed and are reportedly in good health conditions.

The Vatican's Fides News Agency reported that Sisters Letemaryam Sibhat, Tiblets Teum, Abeba Tesfay, Zaid Moss, Abeba Hagos, and Abeba Fitwi of the Congregation of Sisters of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and Ursuline Sister Abrehet Teserma, were released on January 15.

The nuns had been abducted on 30 November, in the context of the 14-month war over the Tigray region. The two Deacons arrested with them and two other nuns from Kobo, in Ethiopia's Amhara region, are still detained along with thousands of ethnic Tigrayans, and even Eritrean refugees, suspected of supporting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

In the crackdown against suspected rebels, a number of Catholic religious and lay people have also been arrested.

On November 5, a Salesian education center in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa was raided by military forces, and 17 religious and lay people were taken away in a van. They were released on November 13 after been interrogated. --Vatican News

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