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anonymous  March 28, 2008 2:58 AM


From Voice of the Martyred Christian! October 20, 2007 7:46 AM

Senior Pastor Arrested – VOM Sources
Pastor Oqbamichael, a well-known leader of the Kale-Hiwot Church in Eritrea,

was arrested and imprisoned. This was the second imprisonment for the

pastor in the past two years. In 2005, he was arrested at a Christian wedding and was later released after 10 months in prison, which included solitary confinement and hard labor in the Sawa Military Camp.
The arrest of Pastor Oqbamichael follows the recent arrest of
Evangelist Mussie Ezaz, who is also a minister in the Kale-Hiwot
Church. Pray God sustains and strengthens Pastor Oqbamichael while he is in prison. Pray the Holy Spirit encourages his family and church.
Ask God to protect Christians in Eritrea who are serving Him in the midst of severe persecution. John 16:13, 14
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anonymous  April 03, 2008 7:00 AM

We, the concerned Eritreans who live in the United States of America are holding a rally against Christian persecution in Eritrea. Christian Eritreans are being harassed, persecuted and detained for the only reason of their belief in Jesus Christ.

We believe that freedom of religion is one of the basic rights of any human being. The Eritrean government is not only violating international human rights declaration that the country is party to but also the provisions of article 19 of its unimplemented Constitution. Therefore, we call up on all peace and freedom loving Eritreans, friends of Eritrea and the International community to join us as we express our concern to the already detained prisoners of conscience and those who are at the risk of such illegal detention.

Let us join our hands together with those in chains because of their beliefs.
We believe that these Christians are incarcerated for the sole reason of their religious persuasion. We would therefore urgently request that all those who are incarcerated for their religious beliefs be released immediately; that all independent churches be re-opened without pre-condition;

Express your solidarity to this call by signing the petition below and join us as we rally for this noble cause.

Release Eritrea-USA

Date: May 25, 2005.

Place: Outside the Eritrean Embassy
1708 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20009

Time: 11:00am ET
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anonymous  June 11, 2008 6:08 AM

Christians Arrested - Compass Direct News

On May 28, Eritrean police arrested 34 evangelical Christians in the city of Keren, Eritrea. According to Compass Direct News, "The Christians, who are members of the Berhane Hiwet (Light of Life) Church, were meeting in a private home for prayer and fellowship. All 24 men and 10 women present in the meeting were taken to prison, with their children left behind. The next day security officials transferred the women prisoners to the Adi-Abeyto Military Confinement facility on the outskirts of the capital city of Asmara." Pray for the release of Eritrean Christians who are imprisoned for the sake of Christ. Ask God to strengthen and comfort their families, especially the children. Pray that the Eritrean government will respect the rights of Christians to freely worship their Lord. Ephesians 1: 19-23  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  August 14, 2008 8:22 AM

Eritrea Imprisons Christian Students in Shipping Containers*

Last Tuesday, authorities locked up eight high school students at a military training school in metal shipping containers for objecting to the burning of hundreds of Bibles, sources told Compass Direct News. The eight male students from the Sawa Defense Training Centre were incarcerated after military authorities confiscated more than 1,500 personal Bibles from new students arriving for the academic year.

For more stories about Christians being persecuted worldwide, download the latest issue of the Persecution Update.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that Pastor Zhang’s house church members will continue in the faith despite the persecution that they face from the government. (Colossians 1:23)
  • Pray for the safety of pastor Hua who has been arrested and beaten for actively speaking out against the government as a representative of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:2)
  • Pray for the Eritrean students who protested the burning of Bibles at their school.  Pray that the Lord will strengthen them while they are detained. (Isaiah 41:10)
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anonymous  August 28, 2008 6:41 AM

ERITREA SHUTS CHRISTIAN STUDENTS INTO SHIPPING CONTAINERS: Authorities recently locked up eight high school students at a military training school in metal shipping containers for objecting to the burning of hundreds of Bibles, sources told Compass. Full Story>>
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anonymous  January 22, 2009 8:05 AM

Dark Month for the Church in Eritrea In early January, Open Doors learned of the death of two Christians under the harsh conditions in the Mitire Military Confinement.  Mogos Hagos Kiflom (37) died as the alleged result of the continued physical torture he endured for his refusal to recant his faith.  Mehari Gebreneguse Asgedom (42) died in solitary confinement.  Sources say he died as a result of ongoing physical torture and complications from diabetes.
These deaths came amid the government’s continued campaign against Christians across the country. Late November, 34 members of the Kale-Hiwot Church in Dekemhare were arrested. Shortly before Christmas, at least 49 key leaders of underground churches in Asmara were rounded up over a two week period. The government arrested 15 members of the Kale-Hiwot Church in Keren on January 11 and around the same time closed down a printing press while arresting the owner. Read the full report on the events in Eritrea.
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anonymous  January 29, 2009 7:41 PM

ERITREA: THREE MORE BELIEVERS DIE IN MILITARY CONFINEMENT CENTERS IN PAST FOUR MONTHS. Three Christians incarcerated in military prisons for their faith have died in the past four months in Eritrea, including the death on Friday (Jan. 16) of a 42-year-old man in solitary confinement, according to a Christian support organization. Full Story>>   [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 December 17, 2009 6:47 AM

Dear Donna Matthews,
We are very excited to announce the release of about 30 Eritrean Christian women who were arrested on December 5! The women were arrested by Eritrean officials for gathering for a prayer meeting.
ICC was the first organization to break the news about the arrest when we reported it on December 7. See our first press release here.
Our press release was picked up by major news agencies, including Reuters which interviewed Eritrea's Information Minister based on our press release. See the Reuters article here.
A journalist from BBC News also contacted us and asked for the contact information of our sources. The BBC then interviewed our sources for their own story about the arrest. See the BBC article here.
Where light is shone, the darkness scatters! We would like to thank all of you for praying for these women and all Eritrean Christians. We remain extremely concerned about the situation of Christians in Eritrea. More than 3000 Christians are detained in underground dungeons, metal shipping containers, and military barracks. Please continue to pray for their release and contact your representatives at to highlight the plight of the persecuted Christians in Eritrea.
Sincerely in Christ,
Jeff King
President, ICC
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Phone: (800) ICC-5441
Fax: (301) 585-5918
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 March 09, 2012 4:23 AM

Ailing Patriarch in Need of Prayer
Family and friends are asking the worldwide Christian community to pray for Abune Antonios, the deposed patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church. Antonios, a diabetic in his eighties, collapsed on Feb 27 in the small home where he is being kept under house arrest.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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