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Eritrean believer demonstrates how he was tortured by police

Over the past two years, hundreds of evangelical Christians in Eritrea have faced prison and torture after all evangelical churches were ordered closed in May 2002. In a January 30 report from Compass Direct, it was revealed that neighbours of the outlawed evangelicals have been hired to spy on their activities, reporting any gatherings. Those who cooperate as spies have been granted exemption from military service and luxuries such as allotments of sugar and flour.

At last report, at least 286 evangelicals are imprisoned for their faith, many facing the promise of release if they renounce their faith. Although freedom of religion for all is guaranteed in the Eritrean constitution, there are only four recognized religious organizations: Islam, Roman Catholic, Eritrean Orthodox and Evangelical Lutheran.

For more information on persecution facing Christians in Eritrea, go to https://www.vomcanada.com/eritrea.htm.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
6,147,398 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Tigrinya (50), Tigre (30), Saho (4), Afar (4) Kunama (4), Bilen (3), 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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