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Ethiopia’s Christians mark Ramadan alongside Muslims

Ethiopia's Christians mark Ramadan alongside Muslims
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – JUNE 5, 2016: Muslims perform the first ‘Tarawih’ prayer on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Anwar Grand Mosque in Addis Ababa. (Minasse Wondimu Hailu – Anadolu Agency)

In Ethiopia, which is home to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, Sunni Muslims make up around 34 percent of the estimated population of 97 million.
According to Islamic scholar Ahmed Abdurrahman, Ramadan in Ethiopia has always been marked by interaction between Muslims and Christians.
“Here there is no segregation,” he said. “No Christian- or Muslim-only neighborhoods. We have lived as one single indispensably linked community ever since Islam arrived in Ethiopia.
“Since then our Christian fellowmen join us during iftar [the evening fast-breaking meal] and all-night prayers. We are also together with them in their Lent season and have a good time with them during holidays.”

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