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anonymous ERITREA - PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIAN IN ERITREA! September 14, 2007 8:21 PM

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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:23 PM

ritrea: Christian Prisoner Dies Amid Intense Persecution September 07, 2007 10:35 AM

Sep 7th, 2007

SANTA ANA, CA (Open Doors USA) -- Christians in Eritrea confirmed that Migsti Haile (33) passed away at the Weaa Military Training Centre. She reportedly died yesterday morning, September 5, as a result of torture for refusing to sign a letter recanting her faith. Haile was among a group of 10 single Christian women who had been arrested at a church gathering in Keren and spent 18 months imprisoned under severe pressure.

Before her arrest Haile worked for a relative while she studied to complete eleventh grade of her high school education. She was also an active member of the Rhema church.

Christians in Eritrea are in need of prayer as they continue to face intense persecution. It is clear that the government is continuing its campaign against Christians.

Open Doors reported on August 21 that the group of 10 single Christian women who had all been arrested 18 months ago were separated from other prisoners and taken to Weaa Military Training Centre and underwent torture after they refused to sign a letter recanting their faith.

The Eritrean government criminalized all independent Protestant churches in May 2002, closing their buildings and banning them from even meeting together in private homes.

More than 2,000 Eritrean Christians — including dozens of pastors and priests — remain locked up and subjected to severe torture for their religious beliefs in the nation’s jails, police stations and military camps. All have been denied legal counsel or trial, with no written charges filed against them. During the past year, at least four Christians have died from physical mistreatment while under arrest.

“We need to keep up our prayer vigil for the Christians in Eritrea,” says Open Doors USA President Dr. Carl Moeller. “Eritrea is a small country in Africa, but that doesn’t mean the persecution is less intense than in larger countries. The government keeps denying that the persecution is taking place. But that is not the truth. There are at least 2,000 reasons for praying for our imprisoned brothers and sisters in Christ.”

NOTE: Eritrea is a country situated in northern East Africa. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The east and northeast of the country have an extensive coastline on the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands are part of Eritrea.
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:25 PM

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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:28 PM

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God have mercy on the Eritrea Christians for keeping there faith

I was reading where 25 million Christians had been torched and killed in the last decade all over the world. We don't know how well blessed we are to live in America. And its changing to be against us also. God have mercy on your children thats prosecuted and killed for your name sake. We don't know what its like until we walk in their shoes. Lead us guide us and protect us from the evil one. In Jesus name amen
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:31 PM

t's Hard to Find the Word's to Express How Deeply This Sorrows Me! Sunday, 4:20 PM

I find it difficult to find the words to express how deeply this sorrows me. I must be more vigelant with my prayer. This is sad beyond belief;  however, now we know that this faithful and wonderful teen-ager will be safe with Jesus! I wonder how many of us could be so faithful to our Lord, at such a young age. I will pray for this situation.
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:33 PM

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Thursday February 22, 2007
Torture, illness claim life of believer denied medical treatment unless he recanted.

LOS ANGELES, February 22 (Compass Direct News) – An Eritrean Christian died in prison last week, four and a half years after the Eritrean regime jailed him for worshipping in a banned Protestant church.

From the southern port city of Assab, local Christians confirmed the death of Magos Solomon Semere on Thursday (February 15) at the Adi-Nefase Military Confinement facility just outside Assab.

According to one source, Semere, 30, died “due to physical torture and persistent pneumonia, for which he was forbidden proper medical treatment.” He had reportedly endured a long period of severe illness in the months prior to his death.

A member of the Rema Church, Semere had first been jailed in the fall of 2000, when he was arrested for evangelizing and starting meetings for worship with six other Christians.

“The government gave hard-labor work punishment to believers for preaching the gospel and starting fellowships,” a Christian once jailed in Assab with Semere told Compass. “If they persisted, they would be kept imprisoned for ‘violating’ the government law.”

Semere had been released after 18 months in prison, only to be re-arrested three months later with a large group of Protestants caught worshipping together in July 2002.

When Semere became seriously ill, the source said, he was told to sign a statement renouncing his faith in order to get medical treatment. “He refused to do so,” his former jailmate said, “but three other people signed, and they got released.”

Semere had been engaged to marry shortly before his July 2002 arrest, but he was refused permission to see his fiancée again during his years in prison.

Despite all the government warnings delivered to Semere, his former fellow prisoner said, “Magos was determined to obey the Lord rather than men.”

Semere’s death is the third known killing of a Christian for his faith since last October. On October 17, 2006, Eritrean security police tortured two Christians to death, two days after arresting them for holding a religious service in a private home south of Asmara. Immanuel Andegergesh, 23, and Kibrom Firemichel, 30, died from torture wounds and severe dehydration in a military camp outside the town of Adi-Quala,

Crackdown in Assab

Assab, near the facility where Semere died, was targeted for one of the first major crackdowns against Protestant Christians by Eritrean security forces five years ago.

Three months later, in May 2002, the government categorically outlawed all churches not under the umbrella of the Orthodox, Catholic or Evangelical Lutheran denominations.

In the initial police raids in Assab on February 17, 2002, 133 congregants attending Sunday morning worship services at the city’s Full Gospel, Rema and Word of Life churches were arrested. Although all were released the next day, the 74 soldiers among them were rearrested two weeks later.

Refused contact with their families, the soldiers were punished with severe floggings and other forms of extreme torture for months, often kept in tiny dark cells. Most still remain jailed without charges, subjected to hard labor without any hope of release.

Since then, dozens more soldiers and other Christians from Pentecostal and charismatic churches caught worshipping in homes or small groups in and around Assab have been jailed. At least 130 Christians are believed to be imprisoned now in Assab’s military and civil prisons for refusing to sign documents recanting their faith.

Ten More Arrested

On Sunday (February 18) afternoon security police in Asmara arrested 10 Eritrean Christians who were visiting a private home in the Teravelo district of Asmara to congratulate a new bride and groom after their wedding.

Seven members of the Medhan Alem renewal movement, a Sunday School ministry within the Eritrea Orthodox Church, and three members of the Full Gospel Church were taken into custody. The newly married couple, who were just concluding their honeymoon, were not jailed.

The occasion was described by Christians in the capital as “a normal social visit of friends, not for the purpose of having worship or other church activities.” Six of the 10 new prisoners are women.

More than 2,000 Eritrean citizens are known to be jailed under severe mistreatment in police stations, military camps and prisons in at least 14 cities and towns solely for their religious beliefs.

Although most of those jailed are Christians, a number of Jehovah’s Witnesses and leaders of the Muslim community have also been imprisoned incommunicado for a year or more without judicial charges.

For the past 18 months, the regime of President Isaias Afwerki has extended its religious repression to interfere openly in the internal affairs of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, deposing its patriarch and taking over the church’s administrative and financial controls.
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:38 PM

Update on Outrages: Eritrea Continues Campaign against Christians Sunday, 5:12 PM

September 9, 2007
Update on Outrages: Eritrea Continues Campaign against Christians

Faith McDonnell

Since we published our feature story on Eritrea in Faith and Freedom in the fall of 2005, we have received on a continual basis more bad news about the treatment of Christians in that country.  Hundreds more, from all denominations, have been arrested and imprisoned.  Some have been tortured to death.  The only good news is of the release from prison of a few Eritrean Christians.  One such bright spot was the release of Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane in October 2006. Eritrean Christians need our prayers and advocacy.

The most recent crackdown took place in the first week of 2007.  Compass Direct News Service reports that 68 more Christians have been jailed as a result of three official round-ups that took place January 4 and 5, 2007.

According to Compass Direct, on January 4, authorities at the national Sawa Military Center, near the Sudan

After two years of imprisonment—which included beatings, torture, and long periods of incarceration in a shipping container—gospel singer Helen Berhane was released from captivity in October 2006.  (Photo courtesy Compass Direct.)
 border, arrested 35 Christian teenagers who were student conscripts.  Their crime?  They had Bibles.  The military personnel burned 250 Bibles in front of the entire camp.  The Christian teenagers who were arrested were to receive "severe military punishment, including physical torture."

The next day, in the northern town of Keren, eight government staff members were arrested because of their membership in Medhane Alem, a renewal movement in the Coptic Orthodox Church.  The five men and three women were interrogated for information about the movement and its leaders.

Also on January 5, in the southern city of Assab, 25 Christians were arrested in their homes, workplaces, and schools.  They were taken to Wi'a military training center, which has been described as "one of the hottest spots in the world."

Number of Imprisoned Believers Grows Every Year
Sadly, this has been the ongoing pattern in Eritrea since the crackdown on Christians began in 2002.  After IRD's Faith and Freedom story on Eritrea, arrests and imprisonments continued.  In November 2005, Compass Direct reported 1,750 Eritrean Christians incarcerated.  But not long after that report, the numbers were growing again until the current count for incarcerated Christians is more than 2000.  The U.S. State Department Religious Freedom report for 2006 again named Eritrea as a Country of Particular Concern.

In February 2006, 75 Protestant Christian evangelical young men and women were arrested.  The arrest occurred during their required military conscription at Sawa, the military training center mentioned above.  These young students were put under military detention and punishment "for reading Bibles and praying during free time."  An Eritrean Christian told Compass Direct that in Sawa "to possess your own Bible and keep your personal devotion and loyalty to Christ" was considered an act of Christian "extremism."  Yet Muslim conscripts were allowed to have their own copies of the Koran and to pray five times a day.  Fifty more Christian students were arrested in May 2006 at Mai Nefhee Educational Institution, another military training center, in Asmara.

Other human rights violations in 2006 reported by Compass Direct included the arrest of Daniel Heilemichel, pastor of the Charismatic Word of Power Church, on February 23; the arrest of three leaders of the Orthodox Church renewal movement, Medhane Alem, in April; and the arrest of three laywomen from the Full Gospel Church of Nefasit in May for "actively witnessing about Christ."  All three women were mothers of young children, and one, Ghenet Gebremariam, was forced to leave her six-month old baby who was seriously ill.  The baby died two days after his mother's arrest.  Also in May, 15 of 130 Christians kept in metal shipping containers at Assab's military prison camp attempted to escape across the desert towards Djibouti.  The bodies of five of those men were found in the desert.

Twenty-nine Christians from Asmara, Keren, and Massawa were arrested in August 2006.  In October, Compass Direct reported the terrible news that Eritrean security police had tortured two Christians to death.  Immanuel Andegergesh, 23, Kibrom Firemichel, 30, and 10 other Christians were arrested on October 15 for having a worship service in a private home south of Asmara.  Andegergesh and Firemichel died two days later from torture wounds and dehydration.  Also in April an Eritrean-born U.S. citizen, Aregahaje Woldeselasie, and his assistant were arrested.  Woldeselasie was working with Nehemiah Ministry International, providing leadership training to new chur
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:43 PM

Two large-scale crackdowns on Christians also took place in October 2006 Sunday, 5:13 PM

Compass Direct reported that at 6:00 a.m. on October 25, security officers in Mendefera went house to house, arresting Christians.  The police had a list of names of Christians known to be members of the Pentecostal churches and the Orthodox renewal movement.  They arrested 38 men and 17 women, including 10 nursing mothers who were forced to leave their infants.  The next day, the crackdown continued and 95 Christians were arrested.

Finally, on December 4, nine employees of Samaritan's Purse were arrested and jailed in Asmara.  The next day, the Eritrean government took control of all financial and personnel matters away from the Eritrean Orthodox Church.  All offerings and tithes collected by the churches were to be deposited directly to the Eritrean government.  The regime of President Isaias Afwerki had already taken similar control of other denominations.  In September the regime demanded that the Kale Hiwot (Protestant) Church surrender all of its property and assets to the government.

The persecution of Christians in Eritrea has broadened from the arresting only pastors and members of Pentecostal and Charismatic churches to arresting Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians.  Now the government of Eritrea is even lashing out at Muslims.  Sources confirmed to Compass Direct in April 2006 that 70 Muslims were imprisoned in one cell at the notorious Wongel Mermera center, where they were receiving extremely harsh treatment.  The Muslims, arrested for opposing the government's appointment of the chief mufti, include Taha Mohammed Noor, a founding member of the Eritrean Liberation Front in 1961 and a member of the Islamic Awqaf (religious foundation).  Compass Direct reports that Noor has refused under torture to accept the government's imposition of Sheikh Al-Amin Osman Al-Amin as mufti.

Freed at Last:  One Eritrean Christian's Imprisonment Comes to an End
With all of this bad news about our brothers and sisters in Eritrea, the pieces of good news are few and far between.  Infrequently, Christian prisoners are freed or released on bail.  Most notably, the gospel singer Helen Berhane was released from prison in late October of 2006.  For two years Berhane had been imprisoned and subject to severe human rights violations including beatings, torture, and long periods of incarceration in a shipping container.

Compass Direct reported that no reason was given for Berhane's release.  The news service noted that just prior to the release, she had been hospitalized after undergoing the most recent round of beatings.  Months after her return home, Berhane was still in a wheelchair due to injuries inflicted on her legs during beatings and torture.

"She spent most of her detention in inhuman and degrading conditions inside a metal shipping container which was used as a prison cell," Amnesty International reported in an announcement about her release. "The authorities reportedly tortured her many times to make her recant her faith."  Amnesty added that "she refused to abandon her faith despite the threats and ill-treatment."  It revealed that many internationally known musicians, including Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Duran Duran, and Sting, had joined in speaking out for Berhane's release.

Many attribute Helen Berhane's release to the prayers of fellow Christians around the world.  But the prayers must continue on behalf of the 2,000-plus who remain religious prisoners in Eritrea.  Please pray—and thank God for the faithful witness of these men, women, and young people, as well.  Reportedly, authorities have had to separate the Christian prisoners from others because the Christians were sharing the gospel with the other prisoners!  And Compass Direct reports that the jailed Christian leaders are themselves praying.  According to one pastor's message smuggled out of the prison, "Everyone is strong in the Lord and praying for the church under attack."
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:45 PM

Eritrea : Persecution intensifies and widens - requesting prayer for Eritrea Sunday, 5:25 PM

Eritrea : Persecution intensifies and widens
- requesting prayer for Eritrea

By Elizabeth Kendal

World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC) Special to ASSIST News Service

AUSTRALIA — In May 2002 some 20,000 Protestant Christians found themselves in churches that had become illegal when the Eritrean government banned all Christian churches other than the Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Mekane Yesus (Evangelical Lutheran) denominations. Initially the Orthodox Church supported the repression. However, during 2004, youths and then priests from the Orthodox Church’s Medhane Alem renewal movement started to get arrested. The Patriarch protested, so the government intensified its attacks on the Orthodox Church.

In August 2005, to counter the Orthodox Church’s growing opposition, the Eritrean government deposed Patriarch Abune Antonios and put him under house arrest. To get more control over the church the government appointed Yeftehe Dimetros as church administrator. On 5 December 2006 it then ruled that all tithes collected through the Orthodox Church be deposited in a government account from which it would control church finances and pay priests. The government will also set a quota for priests and any ’extra’ priests are to present for military service.

Aid organisations are also targeted. On 4 December 2006, nine Samaritan’s Purse aid workers were arrested a month after the organisation had been ordered to leave the country.

On 4 January 2007 military commanders at the national Sawa Military Centre conducted what they termed a ’random check-up on the activities of Christian extremists’ among teenage student conscripts. Some 250 Bibles, the personal property of Christian students, were confiscated and burnt. Thirty-five Christian teenage conscripts were then singled out for deterrent ’severe punishment’ which included torture as routine. Today more than 2,000 Eritrean Christians are incarcerated in appalling conditions for their faith.

On 15 February 2007 Magos Solomon Semere (30) died in the Adi-Nefase Military Confinement facility just outside Assab. Compass Direct reports that his death was ’due to physical torture and persistent pneumonia, for which he was forbidden proper medical treatment’. Semere (when 23) had been arrested in August 2000 and served 18 months for his evangelism. Three months after his release in July 2002 Semere, just engaged to be married, was re-arrested for worshipping in a banned Protestant fellowship. During his four-and-a-half-year imprisonment Semere was refused permission to see his fiancee. When he became seriously ill he was told he would get medical treatment only if he renounced his faith. Having already endured extreme hardship and extensive torture Semere elected to persevere and go to his Lord rather than renounce him. Semere is the third Christian to die in custody due to torture since October 2006.

In 2001 the government imprisoned all its opposition and closed all private media. Eritreans risk their lives and liberty to leak this information so we can pray and advocate for them.

On 23 February Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki met with a European Union delegation. The president indicated that Eritrea needs support in its efforts to ensure security of food supplies and to develop infrastructure. He said his government would welcome any party that wishes to assist Eritrea ’without strings attached’. According to Eritrea’s Ministry of Information the European Commission delegation expressed readiness to co-operate.

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anonymous  September 14, 2007 8:47 PM

Praeyer and edification Monday, 6:37 PM

Amen, Dear friends. What a world we live in? Those that are faithful become more vigilant and those who do the work of the devil are getting more evil!! This is just a confirmation of the God's Word! Let's keep faithful in standing against the evil forces that surround us at all times and pray for one another for strength and wisdom to carry on the work of the Lord untill the end.
Something else that I want to encourage you with, is a story from my childhood. When my mother was telling us about the horrors of the Second World War in our counrty of Finland, I asked her, 'How were you able to survive mentally the bullets flying around you when you had to leave your home to evacuate to safety and when you were taking cover in the ditches and forrest over and over again? When the Russian planes came and killed those around you?" My mother said " I didn't have the strength, untill I needed it! Not a moment too early, just when I needed it! I knew that my Heavenly Father had promised to us to keep us safe and I trusted Him." When we as Christians think of it now, "How could I go through the persecution or hardships, that others are going through right now somewhere in this world" be assured, that if you put your trust in Jesus, He Will Be Faithful and give you the strength to go through anything that comes your way. His strength will be with you, not a moment before, but The Moment you need it!
That is why He is called Faithful!! Praise His Wonderful Name.
Dear Heavenly Father, you heve promised in your Word that you will hear us, as we call on you and put our trust in you. Thank you, that all of us can draw from your srength day by day, moment by moment and that you are never late!! Help us to hear from you, as you teach us to keep our eyes on you and Only You!
In your Name, Jesus, Amen
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anonymous  September 14, 2007 10:22 PM

Eritrea: Pastor Disappears, 10 Protestants Arrested August 24, 2007 11:49 AM

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Catholic Church ordered to relinquish its network of humanitarian institutions.

LOS ANGELES, August 23 (Compass Direct News) -- Christians in Eritrea confirmed yesterday that a Protestant pastor in Asmara who disappeared 11 days ago remains missing.

Pastor Leule Gebreab of Asmara’s Apostolic Church failed to return home to his family on Sunday, August 12. Since his disappearance, no one among his relatives or congregation has been able to learn anything about his whereabouts, despite inquiries to the local authorities.

“His wife is greatly distressed about his disappearance,” a local source told Compass.

Gebreab, 35, is married with two children, an 8-year-old son and an infant daughter.

Just a week after Gebreab vanished, police arrested 10 members of the Full Gospel Church who had gathered in a home in the Kahawata suburb of Asmara last Sunday morning (August 19). The four women and six men accused of worshipping together were put into detention at Police Station No. 2 in Asmara.

The Eritrean government criminalized all independent Protestant churches in May 2002, closing their buildings and banning them from even meeting together in private homes.

More than 2,000 Eritrean Christians — including dozens of pastors and priests — remain locked up and subjected to severe torture for their religious beliefs in the nation’s jails, police stations and military camps. All have been denied legal counsel or trial, with no written charges filed against them.

During the past year, at least three Christians have died from physical mistreatment while under arrest.

Catholic Institutions Confiscated

In a separate development last week, Eritrean authorities issued an ultimatum to Catholic church leaders on August 16, ordering that all the church’s schools, clinics, orphanages and women’s vocational training centers be turned over to the government’s Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor.

According to an August 21 report issued by Open Doors International, four Catholic bishops promptly sent a letter of protest to the government on August 17. To date the authorities have not responded to their inquiry.

The Faith of Christ Church has confirmed it received similar orders to relinquish control and possession of all its social aid institutions.

The new demands were reportedly based on a 1995 government decree requiring non-governmental welfare initiatives to obtain specific permission from the regime.

Despite the Eritrean government’s controversial banning of all independent Protestant churches, the Catholic Church has official recognition as one of the nation’s four historic religions.

But ongoing resistance from the local Catholic hierarchy against unilateral government demands has brought them under apparent disfavor with the regime.

Since the end of 2003, the Catholic bishops have refused to submit comprehensive reports on their clergy and pastoral activities to the Department of Religious Affairs, insisting that they report only to the Vatican.

They also have vigorously opposed a 2005 government demand that all of their priests and seminarians under the age of 40 must perform military duty. The church has also defied a subsequent government order to either reduce the number of Catholic priests or send them to military service.

According to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the Eritrean authorities have never responded to letters signed by Eritrea’s Catholic bishops, who explained that it was “not in accordance with the clergy’s role” for priests to bear arms.
All Eritrean citizens are required to perform active national service for 18 months, although in practice conscripts enter open-ended terms that may continue arbitrarily for years, without any option for returning to civilian life.

Pope Benedict XVI himself commented on the conscription standoff in December 2005, in his welcome speech to Eritrean Ambassador to the Vatican Petros Tseggai Asghedom.

“In particular I would ask that [the native clergy’s] right to exemption from military service be respected,” the pontiff said. “Eritrea will be better served if they are free to pursue their Christian calling and respective vocations.”

The other three government-sanctioned faiths – the Orthodox and Evangelical Lutheran churches and Islam – have reportedly acquiesced to the regime’s demands to send their clergy to military duty.

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Prayer for Iraq September 15, 2007 9:08 AM

Dear Heavenly father, you know better than us the situation in that wartorn country. You know the suffering that goes on in there. You know the need that is there for your intervention and grace. Dear Lord, I want to petiton your thrown on their behalf and ask you to help them, give your fallowers strength and guidance, give them peace that passes all understanding. Give them miracles that are going to be a start of the ending of the war and begining of the peace for everyone involved. Thank you Jesus that you are a prayer answering God who hears even a wisper of those who suffer for your name sake. In Your Wonderful Neme, Jesus. Amen. Henna  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  October 01, 2007 7:35 AM

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anonymous Pastor Arrested! October 04, 2007 4:51 AM

Pastor arrested on September 15th!
Mussie Ezaz, an evangelist in the Kale Hiwot Church of Eritrea was arrested from his home in the capital city of Asmara, and imprisioned.
From 'Voice of the Martyr'.

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anonymous  October 13, 2007 10:02 AM

110,000 Call on London Embassy to Free Eritrea’s Persecuted Christians More than 100,000 people have signed up to a petition calling for Eritrea to free Christians who have been imprisoned because of their faith.
by Jennifer Gold
Posted: Friday, July 21, 2006, 17:03 (BST)
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anonymous From Voice of the Martyred Christian! October 20, 2007 7:41 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  November 22, 2007 5:29 PM

Now in Eritria
Pentacostal and Charismatic Christians
About 196 people, including children, were taken into the police station and were beaten and warned not to meet again.
74 soldiers have been imprisoned for over a year because they refused to return to the Orthodox Church, because they want to practise their faith and are denied freedom of religion.
Ref. Note: International Christian Concern

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anonymous  May 28, 2008 4:18 AM

Jailed Pastors in Eritrea Could Face Treason Charges*

Unconfirmed reports emerged this month in the Eritrean capital of Asmara indicating that the repressive regime plans to press formal charges of treason against several Protestant pastors who have been jailed for the past four years. Official conviction for treason carries the death penalty in the tiny nation located on the “Horn of Africa.” Relatives and church members of the long-jailed pastors are experiencing “great anxiety” over these unconfirmed reports, sources inside Eritrea told Compass Direct news agency.

Three of the most prominent Protestant pastors Full Gospel Church leaders Haile Naizghi and Dr. Kifle Gebremeskel, together with Tesfatsion Hagos of the Rema Evangelical Church have been imprisoned incommunicado for the past four years. According to an investigative report released last week by Reporters without Borders, these three pastors “have been missing within the Eritrean prison system since their arrests in May 2004.” Read More…

Please Pray:

  • For the missing pastors imprisoned in Eritrea to be found.  Please also pray that the regime will have mercy and release all the pastors from prison. (Psalm 142:7)
  • For the relatives and church members of the pastors who have been imprisoned, that they will receive peace and unite together in the strength of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:3)
  • For God’s protection over all the believers in Eritrea as they meet to fellowship and that they will also gain spiritual courage through their hardships. (Philippians 2:1,2) 

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team

*News Source: Compass Direct News   


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anonymous  August 06, 2008 6:13 AM

Christian Woman in Eritrean Prison Dies of Malaria*

Eritrea - Azib Simon, who has been imprisoned and repeatedly tortured for her Christian faith since last December, recently died of malaria at Eritrea’s Wi’a Military Training Center. Christians in this prison are rarely given medical attention, and sources told Compass Direct News that authorities refused to provide treatment for Simon’s malaria.

It is estimated that more than 1,000 Christians are imprisoned in Eritrea at any given time. Many of the arrests of Christians take place in groups when the government breaks up local house meetings. Read more about how persecution of Christians in Eritrea led to this tragedy>>

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Azib’s family and loved ones who are mourning at this time. (Isaiah 61:2)
  • Pray for those who have been imprisoned for their faith to be set free so that they may continue to spread the gospel.  Pray that they will not live in fear but be strengthened by the Lord. (Romans 4:20)
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anonymous  October 01, 2008 8:40 PM

Christians Languish in Prisons*

ERITREA - An evangelist imprisoned since 2006 for his Christian activities is receiving especially harsh treatment because of his ministry to fellow inmates. Teame Weldegebriel’s family is worried about his health after trying repeatedly, without success, to get permission to visit him. “Please tell the brethren to continue praying for me. I am not sure I will see them again,” Weldegebriel said. 

According to Compass Direct News, there are more than 2,000 Christians in Eritrea who are imprisoned for their faith. 

In mid-July, a Christian woman and her children were rounded up from a prayer meeting and placed in a metal shipping container until their release last month. “I remember the horrible ordeal I went through with the children. After three weeks I was released with my two children, while the other Christian soldiers remained locked in the prison cells,” said the woman, who requested anonymity for security reasons. Her husband had been previously arrested but the family has not been able to make contact with him since June 2007. Read more about the ongoing persecution in Eritrea.
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Prayer Points:
  • Pray for Muslim Background Believers in Iran, whose lives are threatened because of the new apostasy law.
  • Pray that the international community will unite in prayer and take action against the discriminatory apostasy law.
  • Pray for Teame Weldegebriel who is receiving harsh treatment for ministering to fellow prisoners in Eritrea.
  • Pray that the Christian woman who was locked up with her children will be able to find out the where her husband is imprisoned.  Pray that he will soon be released and would safely return home.  

Praying with you, 

Christina and the Prayer Force Team   

*News Source: Compass Direct News


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From the Field

In the Trenches: Eritrean Christians Locked Up.
Eritrea Imprisoned

Eritrean believers
continue to face confinement.

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 April 29, 2010 7:45 PM

ANOTHER WAVE OF ARRESTS FOR ERITREAN CHRISTIANS: Open Doors has learnt of the arrest of another 25 Christians on Friday, April 2. They are all members of the Asmara Full Gospel Church and include an unknown number of women. Among the detainees is the daughter of a high profile government official closely involved with the persecution of Christians. This is the third reported arrest of a group of Christians in less than a month. Read Article>>

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 November 04, 2011 7:00 AM

Three More Christians Die in Eritrean Military Camps
Detained in a secret "dungeon" like confinement, these Christian sisters, Terhase Gebremichel Andu and Ferewine Genzabu Kifly, died last month. In August Angesom Teklom Habtemichel, our brother in Christ, died while in prison. Twenty-one Christians have now died in Eritrean military camps; countless others still remain imprisoned.
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 February 01, 2012 10:16 AM

Christian Prisoners Recount Torture and Miraculous Escape from Eritrea

Three Eritrean Christians share testimonies of persecution and miraculous escape from prison in Eritrea.
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 April 19, 2012 11:49 AM

LovEritrea Prayer and Engagement Campaign
It has been almost ten years since the closure of independent churches in Eritrea. Since May 12, 2002 all evangelical churches were shut down following the government's ban on all religious groups other than the state-approved religious organizations. Open Doors International and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) are partnering efforts to send letters to the Eritrean High Commission and Eritrean Embassies in response to this. By flooding them with letters from around the world, we will let the Eritrean government know that we are praying for the country and its leadership. Please send a message today!
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