Ethiopia’s underground Jews see small gains in tolerance

A Jewish Ethiopian woman with a cross tattooed on her forehead poses for a portrait on March 14, 2003 at the Beta Israel School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Natalie Behring-Chisholm / Getty Images A Jewish Ethiopian woman at the Beta Israel School in Addis Ababa in 2003. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Tedros, his wife, his 7-year-old daughter and his parents cannot stop the accusations of witchcraft. Despite holding reconciliatory meetings with community members in their village in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, their names and the names of other Jews continue to surface during Christian exorcism ceremonies.

During these ceremonies, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian priest pours water over the huddled, naked bodies of those believed to be possessed by budas, or evil spirits. They turn maniacal and cry out the […]