More Christians Released in Eritrea, More Languish in Captivity

Eritrean prisoners are sometimes held in shipping containers such as this one. (Photo by Victória Kubiaki on Unsplash)

More Christians have been released in Eritrea, but the fight isn’t over yet.  Of the 35 believers arrested at prayer meetings a few weeks ago, 22 were set free on Sunday.

Persecution watchdogs are trying to get details on the 13 Christians who remain behind bars, Greg Musselman with Voice of the Martyrs Canada says.

“Over the years, we’ve heard of thousands of evangelicals being put in military prisons, shipping containers; just horrible situations.”

Believers can languish in captivity for years. Learn more here. “They often aren’t even charged with anything and they don’t go to court,” Musselman continues. In an unexpected move, Eritrea’s government released dozens of prisoners in late February. Many believers thought, “‘Hey, things are changing!’” Musselman says.

“The Eritrean government may be trying to curry favor with Ethiopia, their neighbor country, because the Prime Minister there is a Christian.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • 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.

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