Eritrea

Eritrea: Struck Down but Not Destroyed

Thousands of Eritrean Christians are being held captive in metal shipping containers, or brutal military and underground prisons -- often without being charged or given a fair trial. Some have even died as a result of the inhumane conditions and torture they've suffered, revealing the brutal tactics of a repressive dictatorship in this small and otherwise beautiful East African nation. The Voice of the Martyrs Greg Musselman traveled to northern Ethiopia to meet some of these followers of Christ who escaped from Eritrea to hear their stories of suffering for Christ and their refusal to deny their faith in Jesus.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
6,081,196 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Tigrinya (55), Tigre (30), Saho (4), Kunama (2), Rashaida (2), Bilen (2), other (5)

Religion (%)
Islam (47.4), Christianity (48.8), other (3.8)

Leader
President Isaias Afworki (1993)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil, customary, and Islamic religious law

Sources: CIA World Factbook, Operation World

Pray for Eritrea

Ask the Lord to provide imprisoned Eritrean believers a means of escape and a place of safe refuge. Pray for Him to also work deeply in the hearts of the country's governing officials so they will grant His people the freedom to worship Him and glorify His matchless name. Mindful of their own human frailties, may these political leaders realize the need to make Jesus their own personal Saviour and Lord by accepting His gift of eternal salvation.

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    Click to view the video.

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