CBC NEWSDozens of Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians met in Windsor Wednesday night to pray and reflect on
Dozens of Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians met in Windsor Wednesday night to pray and reflect on the the drowning of migrants off the coast of Lybia and the ISIS beheadings of Ethiopian Christians.
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The service was held at St. John the Apostle Orthodox church on Logan Avenue.
“We are really sad and heartbroken in what happened, and all of us, we have family members back home and we are really touched by it,” said Daniel Biru chair of the Ethiopian Association in Windsor-Essex.
Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday.
The video has not been verified.
It mirrored a film released in February showing militants beheading 21 captured Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach.
Ethiopia long has drawn the anger of Islamic extremists over its military’s attacks on neighbouring Somalia, whose population is almost entirely Muslim.
Biru said they prayed “for peace of the world and people to live in harmony, for peace and love.”
Biru said about 350 Ethiopians and Eritreans migrants drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to go to Europe on the weekend.
Prosecutors said Tuesday they have arrested the Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya with hundreds of people aboard in what may be the deadliest migrant tragedy ever.
“We combined the two [events] and we are mourning and we are doing special prayer for them,” he said. “It’s very important to come together. Things like that always bring community together.”