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A post falsely claims Ethiopian Orthodox archbishop fled to the US

“Abune Petros fled the country,” reads the headline of a Facebook post published in Amharic on January 11, 2024.

Abune is an honorific title used for bishops belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. 

“Abune Petros, who is known for instigating conflicts and defaming other ethnic groups, fled the country today,” says the post, which has been shared more than 230 times and has drawn 3,100 interactions.