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42 Ethiopian Christians Arrested in Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. (December 17, 2011) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Saudi security forces arrested 42 Ethiopian Christians at a prayer gathering in Jeddah on Thursday. The location of the detained Christians is unknown.

On December 15, Saudi police and security officers raided an evening prayer meeting at the home of an Ethiopian Christian in the Al-Safa district of Jeddah. Those attending the service were reportedly beaten and threatened before being arrested.

Security officials broke [into] the house and captured… beat and threatened them for death… They divided the men and the women and they are torturing them [in prison],” an Ethiopian and Eritrean Christian immigrant community living in Europe wrote in an urgent appeal for help to the ambassadors of European embassies in Riyadh on Friday.

Saudi Arabian officials have arrested Christians in the past but it is unprecedented for them to arrest 42 Christians at one time,” a church leader in Jeddah, who asked not to be named for security reasons, told ICC. “We are particularly concerned about the children of the detained Christians.”

Two Ethiopian fellowships in Saudi Arabia informed ICC that they will temporarily postpone services until the situation calms. Christians in Saudi Arabia, most of who enter the country as foreign workers, are not allowed to practice their faith openly. Saudi police have been known to raid private worship gatherings in homes, arrest and deport congregants, and confiscate Christian materials, including Bibles.

Aidan Clay, ICC Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “Though not permitting a single church building where Christians can worship in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government goes even further to assault the religious freedoms of its citizens and foreign workers by hunting for and arresting Christians who attend services in the privacy of their own homes. As a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture, we urge Saudi Arabia to end the abuse that the Ethiopian Christians have reportedly suffered in prison and to ensure their immediate release.”

Call the Saudi Arabian Embassy in your country to express your concerns:

United States: (+1) 202 342 3800
Canada: (+1) 613 237 4100
United Kingdom: (+44) 207 9173-000
Australia: (+61) 2 6250 7000
Germany: (+49) 30 88 92 50
France: (+33) 1 56 79 4000

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  • Crystal33jesus

    Please lets us pray for the AMBASSADORS for Christ.

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  • Belihud

    Christianity never been spread without challenges! I hear recently that Christians in Adwa contacted the Prim Minister that they are facing persecution while the Constitution stated Religious freedom! The Minister replied, "Our constitution is a recent one, your Bible is an ancient book which talks about Christianity can not be spread without persecution!" So brothers, no constitution releasing freedom for Christians! Christianity is by its nature attached with persecution! Let us pray for them to get strength and the family of the persecuted groups who are in a foreign land! 

  • Belihud

    Christianity never been spread without challenges! I hear recently that Christians in Adwa contacted the Prim Minister that they are facing persecution while the Constitution stated Religious freedom! The Minister replied, "Our constitution is a recent one, your Bible is an ancient book which talks about Christianity can not be spread without persecution!" So brothers, no constitution releasing freedom for Christians! Christianity is by its nature attached with persecution! Let us pray for them to get strength and the family of the persecuted groups who are in a foreign land! 

  • Mal

    This evil group - the religious (Islamic) police - are ruthless. I have heard that they hang people by the legs for long periods and beat them. All because these victims were praying peacefully.

  • Girmay

    The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together aginest the LORD 
                      and aginest his Anointed One
     they say " Let us break their chains and throw off their fetters "
    The One enthroned in heaven laughs the Lord scoffs at them .
                                                                                psalms 2-2

  • Meron Tilahun

    Perfect!!!

  • Hagos Gebrekidan

    Every Body how believe on Jesus Christ will not ashemed infront of persons so lets pray for them all. May His blessing and Security will be with them. Lets we pray for them.

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  • Peter

    This is not new thing for Ethiopians because its already predicted in the Bible that it will be happen at the end of the world.  Be storing and pray strongly all Ethiopian Christians to accomplished God's plane and promises. Ethiopian Christians never stop to spreed out wongel to all over the world that is God's plane. We can't stop to do what God says for Ethiopian!!! NEVER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't be afrid God is with us just pray to him and trust him   

  • Alemetam

    The worst possible religion in the world is Islam. Ethiopia is finally the land of Christians and Christianity. The Muslims has already forgot they were refugees when they came to Ethiopia in the 7th century. Then they should be deported to the place where they belong - if there is any land!

  • AB

    Daniel 6:16 -
    Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into
    the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom
    thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.The Lord that Daniel served continually in all his challenging situations rescued him from those harmful lions. The Lord of our brethern who are suffering there now due to their faith are is also alive now. He is the beginning and the ending. Daniel's Lord can shut the mouths of thousands of lions who are roaring around as declared in 1Peter 5:8 and control their aggression. The Lord's ways are unsearchable. The Lord has ways The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:3 /KJV/.  Let's all stand on their side in prayer and in all possible /applicable/ ways.

  • Temesgenbunde2

    Prosecuted for the sake of Jesus' name! He will fight for them!

  • Binnmatty

    we must pray for them

  • Pastorhailemichael

    Pastor Hailemichael
    God is Able within this way he will make a difference. I am praying for you to be empower by the power of the Holy Spirit to be firm stand in the Lord Beloved brothers and Sisters. May the protection of the Kingdom be upon you always.

  • zz

    Always the truth is rejected if not there is something wrong!!!!

  • Milkiasb

    This has to be taken seriously and the government of Saudi has to give the response accordingly.
     

  • Sunnyahmed666

    moderfucker fuck yr christ, u godless son of a whore, u and yr whole race will burn in hell, repent while u are still alive , accept islam which is the only true religion , and stop eating pork,wine as this will bring u and yr loved ones closer to devil and hell, peace out

  • Sunnyahmed666

    moderfucker fuck yr christ, u godless son of a whore, u and yr whole race will burn in hell, repent while u are still alive , accept islam which is the only true religion , and stop eating pork,wine as this will bring u and yr loved ones closer to devil and hell, peace out

  • lulu

    No one can stop us from praying for lord of lord the saver of the world,may God open your eye in Jesus name!
    you are not fighting of christian you are fighting God,JESUS is lord!!!

  • lulu

    No one can stop us from praying for lord of lord the saver of the world,may God open your eye in Jesus name!
    you are not fighting of christian you are fighting God,JESUS is lord!!!

  • neema

    Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice
    and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same
    way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.Mathew 5:11-12

  • Terefe Taye

    The true christian warshipers have a power coming from our Almighty God, through Jesus Christ.The christian can face every problem. But God give a power and will know how to save his children, like Daniel, Abdinagom, 
    Misak and sidrak form fire and Lion attack.

  • Terefe Taye

    The true christian warshipers have a power coming from our Almighty God, through Jesus Christ.The christian can face every problem. But God give a power and will know how to save his children, like Daniel, Abdinagom, 
    Misak and sidrak form fire and Lion attack.

  • Fasilyiberta

    I am utterly disappointed the comment u made it really makes me sick come on in the time of john,christian were sufered,jailed,treated so cruely or being killed.even john was kill.but from that time the kingdom of heaven was taken by force and yet its not over.

  • Ahl_ramos11

    pray 2 all thiopians wll suppered in jail.......@ god knows for everything....in the name of god jesus.....

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