Arba Minch University condemns in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists in Libya. This barbaric act which has taken the toll of 30 innocent Ethiopian Christians shocked the university community beyond measure. AMU top officials along with entire university community express condolences to the aggrieved families of the victims. AMU President, Dr Feleke Woldeyes, said, ‘‘We strongly condemn this dastardly act of killing Ethiopian Christians. We being deeply saddened, at this critical juncture, express our solidarity and console the bereaved family members.’’
As the news of slaughtering of Ethiopian Christians was purportedly aired by ISIS on media, pall of gloom descended across Ethiopia, AMU in particular; cross sections of people expressed anguish and agony by condemning the act.
On Monday, Ethiopian Government has declared three-day national mourning and flags were to fly at half mast. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the horrific and deliberate massacre of innocent people by terrorists in Libya. It further said Ethiopia denounces any such inhuman act against innocent people and even more so when these actions were supposedly committed in the name of religion.
Specially, Ethiopia with its long-standing tradition of different faiths co-existing peacefully look at this tragedy as the well-orchestrated heinous design to sow discord and de-establish social harmony among religious community. Hence, AMU officials urge people to remain united in the face of this terrorist barbarity.
Similarly, fortnight back, in the outbreak of xenophobic violence against foreign immigrants, four Ethiopian nationals allegedly succumbed to serious burns when their shops in a South African township in Umlazi, Durban were set ablaze by the frenzied mob, police confirmed.  
(By Corporate Communication Directorate: Philips Joseph)