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LDS missionaries moved out of Ethiopia as civil unrest escalates

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to move most of its missionaries serving in Ethiopia out of the country as war and civil unrest continue to escalate.Ethiopia’s government declared a national state of emergency earlier this week as rival Tigray forces and allied fighters seized key cities and moved toward Addis Ababa, the Associated Press reports.


A church spokesperson says due to “growing concern” about the situation, 60 missionaries in the Addis Ababa Mission, including mission leaders, have been temporarily moved to the neighboring country of Kenya.


The missionaries will all continue serving under the direction of the mission president and the future decisions on where they will be assigned will be made as the situation develops.

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