70 Eritrean Christians Released from Prison

Image shows an Orthodox church in Eritrea. (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

About 70 total Christians have been released from three different prisons in Eritrea. However, many more remain behind bars. The East African country takes a strict stance on religion, allowing only three Christian denominations to operate alongside Islam. Read more here.

Greg Musselman of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada says, “I think Eritrea is trying to present itself as being more open. And I think there’s a number of other reasons why they have been released, [such as] the coronavirus and overcrowding in the prisons. But the senior Christian leadership, people that we actually met when we were down there, have been in prison since 2004.”

The beginnings of persecution

Musselman says the harsh treatment of certain Christian groups began in the early 2000s. At that time, many Eritreans were leaving the Orthodox Church to join new evangelical churches. “The Orthodox leaders then put pressure on the Eritrean government to stop this.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to comfort imprisoned Eritrean Christian.
  • For those who have been released, pray they would be able to support themselves and reconnect with family after being away for so long.

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