Save Waldeba Monastery

This petition is promoted by Reese Adbarat St Mary of Debre Tsion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, a member of London Citizens. 

Waldeba Monastery and its environs is a place of great religious, historical and environmental importance - and of national importance to the people of Ethiopia. We are heartbroken to hear of the Ethiopian government's plans to destroy parts of Waldeba, which was founded in the 4th century, in order to create a sugar plantation.   

Waldeba.jpgThe bulldozing of graves in church-yards and mysterious burning down of churches, thereby destroying ancient religious and historical documents, is in direct violation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Ethiopia is a signatory. We believe that this is a direct threat to the right to peacefully practice one's faith.

We, the undersigned, call on the UK Government to do all within its power to ensure that its biggest aid recipient, the Ethiopian Government, stops the destruction of an ancient world heritage site.  

We ask that the UK Government calls on the Ethiopian government to:

  1. Freeze any activity that will directly impact the Waldeba Monastery and people in the region.
  2. Conduct environmental, social and cultural impacts of the project to the monastery.
  3. Respect freedom of religion and worship: that includes restraining from violating properties of the Church, its religious learning centers and its sacred sites of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
  4. Engage in direct dialogue with the representatives of the monastic communities of Waldeba to resolve current issues and avoid further instigations.
  5. Place value on historical, cultural and intellectual contributions of Waldeba Monastery to the people of Ethiopia and preserve its prestige for the generations to come.
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  • René MERIC
    signed 2012-04-25 20:27:23 +0100
  • Balestra Michel
    signed 2012-04-25 19:26:16 +0100
  • Marie-Gabrielle LEBLANC
    signed 2012-04-25 14:44:11 +0100
    God bless Christian Ethiopia
  • Agegnehu Mekonnen
    signed 2012-04-25 07:37:00 +0100
    I strongly object the desecration and destruction of the sacred, and one of the oldest monastries in Ethiopia. The narrow nationalist TPLF is doing this to destroy Ethiopia and its heritages, so as to build the Republic of Greater Tigry on the grave of Ethiopia. Evry Ethiopian should oppose this evil and destructive act in all means.
  • Bernard Frinking
    signed 2012-04-24 11:27:54 +0100
  • Mamo Lema
    signed 2012-04-24 11:24:41 +0100
    let’s do whatever we can to save our monastery and our country. God be with us!!
  • Like Teguhan Tekle Mariam
    signed 2012-04-24 09:30:14 +0100
  • mekdes kassa
    signed 2012-04-23 22:59:50 +0100
    GOD help us
  • wendwesen sebsebea
    signed 2012-04-23 22:54:10 +0100
    it is good job help us GOD
  • Édouard Lahame
    signed 2012-04-23 22:03:17 +0100
  • brigitte sollogoub
    signed 2012-04-23 20:34:49 +0100
  • Deacon Abate Gobena
    signed 2012-04-23 16:22:55 +0100
    I strongly support this petition and any action which effects the safeguard of this ancient monastery with the monks and nuns living in it.
  • Tadesse Worku
    signed 2012-04-23 13:25:44 +0100
    Please stop this evil regime from causing chaotic life to monks and endangering religious places. God is great !
  • Sefanit Mewrkorewos
    signed 2012-04-23 11:16:42 +0100
  • Ammanuel Kidane
    signed 2012-04-23 11:16:37 +0100
  • posted about this on Facebook 2012-04-23 11:10:36 +0100
    Sign the petition: Save Waldeba Monastery
  • Solomon Kebede
    signed 2012-04-23 08:34:08 +0100
    signed 2012-04-23 00:25:34 +0100
    Waldba is one of our most treasured monasteries and we should save it!
  • Jonathan Cox
    published this page in Diaspora issues 2012-04-22 23:36:00 +0100

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