Monday, June 10th, 2013
… – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that two Christian men were arrested in Ethiopia by local police influenced by radical Muslims. In separate incidents, these men were detained by local police for what authorities are calling “crimes against Islam,” even though no such crime exists in Ethiopia’s penal code.
In late March, Alemlayehu Legese was arrested by local police in Dodola, a city located 180 miles south of Addis Ababa, after admitting to owning literature …
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Al-Shabaab routinely targets and threatens Ethiopia for its involvmentin Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed it military to engage the terror group and also to contribute to the international peace-keeping effort. However, al-Shabaab has recently begun target Christian civilians in Ethiopia as part of its regional jihad. Last week, a taxi was bombed and four Christian Ethiopians killed. Now the government there warns of the likelihood of additional future attacks targeting Christian civilians.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Ethiopian officials have arbitrarily detained and arrested a Christian evangelist under charges of terrorism and treason in response to his Christian faith and activities. The evangelist was initially arrested in late March of this year in Dodola, a city located 180 miles south of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Recent mass-drownings of refugees from overcrowded ships fleeing oppression in Eritrea has briefly shifted the international spotlight onto the brutal dictatorship of Eritrean President Isias Afewerki. The Afwerki regime is suspected of funding and supporting a diverse array of terrorist groups across the Horn of Africa, and may have even played a supporting role in the recent Al Shabaab massacre in Nairobi. Although Afewerki identifies as "Christian," he is one of the world's worst persecutors of Christians. It is unclear why the West continues to tolerate this regime in the aftermath of successive humanitarian interventions across North Africa and the Middle East.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Morning Star News reports that a Sudanese woman was repeatedly tortured and abused by her own family after they learned of her conversion from Islam to Christianity. Family member kept her in isolation, while repeatedly beating her in a effort to force her to renounce he new found faith. When they were unable to overcome the strength of her faith, they chose to end her life. Family members began the process of burying her alive when miraculously police intervened. This is further evidence of the difficulties faced by those leaving Islam for Christianity.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
On August 24, 30 Christians gathered at the Church of the Living God in Asmara, Eritrea were rounded up and arrested by Eritrean authorities. The last known whereabouts of these Christians was a local police station where officials were demanding the members of the fellowship to recant their faith. Christian worship outside of the highly regulated government sanction Church in Eritrea is illegal. Christians caught doing so are often arrested and imprisoned in inhuman prison conditions in unofficial prisons sprinkled across Eritrea's landscape. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
39 high school students in Eritrea have been singled out by the totalitarian government and are now being punished for their faith in Jesus Christ. According to sources, the students have been excluded from their graduation ceremony are could potentially face imprisonment for their commitment to Jesus. It is illegal for Christians to worship outside of highly regulated government churches in Eritrea. Those caught doing so are arrested, imprisoned and exposed to torture and inhuman conditions. Please pray for these Christians students as they face persecution for their faith.
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
According to sources, 39 Christian high school students have been detained by the Eritrean government because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Considered the "North Korea of Africa," Eritrea is known for its harsh crackdowns on Christians worshiping outside of government sanctioned churches. It is estimated that over 3,000 Christians have been arrested and are being detained in secret military prisons in Eritrea, being subjected to harsh conditions and torture because of their Christian faith.
Sunday, July 21st, 2013
Egypt's political chaos has allowed a human trafficking ring targeting Eritrean Christian refugees to flourish. Christians escaping persecution in Eritrea are often forced to live in refugee settlements in Sudan and Ethiopia. Undocumented and unprotected, these refugees are a forgotten people who are targeted by human traffickers operating in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After abducting their victims, these human traffickers torture and ransom their victims. If a victims family is unable to pay the ransom, the traffickers have been known to harvest the victim's organs to be sold on the black market.
Friday, July 5th, 2013
Referred to as the "North Korea of Africa," the "most oppressive nation on Earth," and the "great prison," Isaias Afewerki's Eritrean regime continues to utilize mass-arbitrary detention as a method to repress perceived acts of dissent and sedition, including any expression of religious belief outside of state sanctioned institutions and activities. The below is an account of the atrocious conditions detainees often suffer in Eritrea. Many Eritreans are arrested and detained for religious practice or refusal to honor national conscription mandates without a trial or formal sentence. They are then detained for indefinite amounts of time and subjected to inhumane conditions—including undernourishment, extreme temperatures, and sub-par hygiene—and torture.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Known as the North Korea of Africa, Eritrea continues to commit gross violations of human rights and religious freedom. Having instituted an extensive system of arbitrary detention wherein victims receive neither a trial nor an official sentence, Eritrea is now to be known as "a giant prison." More than 3,000 Christians are suspected of being held in "unimaginably atrocious conditions," according to conservative estimates. Forced to either face possible detention for the practicing of their faith, or attempt to flee the country, an act punishable by detention or death if caught, many Eritrean Christians risk everything to escape. Many, in attempting to do so, pay to be smuggled out of the country, but are instead sold to human traffickers who then hold escapees for ransom in Sinai province. If unable to pay the ransom for their freedom, traffickers will then harvest escapees' organs for sale on East African black markets, often times leaving countless defiled corpses in their wake.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
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Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
Reports suggest there are some 2,500 indigenous Christians in Yemen, most of who worship underground, the Gatestone Institute reports. According to human rights activist, Abdul Razzaq al-Azazi, "Christians in Yemen cannot practice their religion nor can they go to church freely. Society would work on having them enter Islam." This article analyzes the status and persecution faced by Christians in the country.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
In North Korea, you, your parents, and your children can be given a life sentence in a prison camp for simply owning a Bible. The North Korean regime remains the most hostile government in earth towards Christianity, and it is estimated that up to 200,000 Christians live in complete secrecy within North Korea.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
The Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab is killing Christians in Kenya in retaliation to Kenyan forces' intervention to stamp out its presence in southern Somalia.