Leader: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Government: Federal republic
Population: 98.9 million (57 million Christians)
Main Religion: Christianity (mainly Orthodox)
Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/Ecclesiastical arrogance
Even though there are several persecution engines present, the country remains silent on persecution of Christians; the persecutors don't speak loudly and Christians suffer in silence. Persecution due to the rise in Islamic extremism affects all types of Christianity. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) mainly orchestrates persecution of non-traditional Protestant churches and Christians who joined the renewal movements within the EOC. Furthermore, pressure from government and tribal leaders has made the lives of Christians difficult. The government is closing space for freedom of expression and association.