Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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Eritrea Arrests 30 Evangelical Christian Women

The Eritrean government arrested 30 elderly, Christian women this past weekend, a Christian persecution watchdog reported Monday.

Security forces on Dec. 5 rounded up a group of mostly elderly women praying together at a house and took them to a police station in Asmara, the capital city, according to International Christian Concern.

The women are mostly members of the Faith Mission Church, an evangelical church with a Methodist background. The church has an over 50-year history in Eritrea but became a target of government crackdown after a law requiring churches to register with officials was adopted in 2002.

“We condemn the arrest of the 30 women by Eritrean officials,” said ICC’s regional manager for Africa and South Asia, Jonathan Racho, in a statement. “We urge officials of Eritrea to release the detainees and all the imprisoned Christians in the country. We call upon Eritrea to stop violating the freedom of religion of its people.”

In recent years, the Eritrean government has cracked down even on registered churches. The head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church has been under house arrest for years and there have been reports of raids on Christian functions, such as weddings.

Reports have also indicated that the torturing of Christians in prison is common. Christians are locked in outdoor metal shipping containers and have to endure unbearable heat, disease and mental distress. The containers are said to only be about 20 feet long and many of them contain 15 to 20 people.

Full story here

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Please continue to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters all over the world.

2 comments:

Steve Martin said...

Sounds like another Muslim govt. just doesn't understand Islam.

Craig and Heather said...

Everything I've read about the Eritrean government's abuse of Christians is absolutely horrifying.

Sometimes I stupidly doubt whether prayer is enough but I'm starting to seriously wonder whether the western church's tendency to NOT pray and instead chase after worthless idols is actually enabling the continued persecution of our brothers and sisters.

Have you ever wondered whether Christ's return will be timed specifically in response to the satisfactory humbling of His bride?

Heather