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Christian Pastor Recalls Fleeing Persecution in Eritrea

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

A Christian pastor living in Huddersfield has recalled the incredible story of how he had to flee persecution in his home country of Eritrea and escape to safety in Europe. In 2002, the Eritrean government began to crackdown Evangelical Christians, passing a new law that only recognized several denominations of Christianity as legal in Eritrea. After the passing of the law, police raids on churches became common and many Christians found themselves in military prisons. Please pray for Christians in Eritrea today. 


Hundreds of Eritrean Christians Tortured and Trafficked in East Africa

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

A report by Human Rights Watch published Tuesday has described and reported on the suffering of hundreds of Eritrean refugees caught up in trafficking rings in East Africa. According to the report and ICC's sources on the ground, many of these trafficking victims are Christians forced to flee Eritrea due to the intense level of persecution there. Many Christians fleeing Eritrea employ smugglers to sneak them out of Eritrea only to discover they have been sold by the smugglers into slavery. Please pray for these suffering brothers and sisters.

Eritrean Diaspora Petition US Government on Human Rights

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Eritrea is one of the world's worst persecutors of Christians, and also one of the world's greatest sources of refugees. Eritrean refugees and diaspora in the United States have organized and petitioned the American Government to be more aware of and proactive in combatting the grievous human rights abuses of the Asmara regime.


Eritrean Government Barring Christians from Fellowship with One Another

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The Eritrean government is now releasing women and children who were arrested at a Christian prayer meeting, upon condition that they never again meet with other believers. It is believed that around 3,000 Christians are currently detained in Eritrea because of their faith. Many have fled the country following arrests or detainment.


Fleeing Religious Persecution in Eritrea: Desperation, Sadness, Abuse

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Every year, hundreds of Christians flee persecution in Eritrea in hope sod making it to Europe. In the candid interviews presented in this story by Lindsey Hilsum, her investigations reveal the grim and brutal challenges faces by two Christian women on a dangerous trek to freedom. 

Imprisoned Eritrean Woman Dies of Neglect After Refusing to Renounce Her Faith in Christ

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Eritrean government, which has long persecuted and imprisoned Christians living within the totalitarian state. However, ICC has learned that following the discovery and arrest of Christians, the Eritrean authorities are now imprisoning neighbors and anyone else the government feels "should have known" that Christians were in the vicinity. This new policy is likely intended to motivate non-Christians to act as informants in abetting the government's efforts to identify and detain Christians. Communications into and out of the police state are difficult, but the latest story to emerge is an all-too-common portrait of the plight of those suffering for their faith.


Eritrean Government Imprisons 150 Christians for Praying Together

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Eritrea is one of the world's worst most hostile environments to Christians. All Christian churches that are not officially sanctioned by the government are banned and their leaders have been under arrest since 2002. Those groups that are sanctioned by the government operate under severe restriction and also suffer from persecution. The Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church disappeared in 2005, and there is still no explanation for his disappearance or clue to his whereabouts. It is believed that more than 2,000 Christians are currently imprisoned for their faith, with many more attempting to flee the country on an ongoing basis.

Her Love for Jesus Shines Brighter, Despite Torture and Solitary Confinement

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Eritrea is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Believer. OpenDoors released the inspiring story of a young Christian who magnifies God's grace in the face of brutal physical and psychological torture, starvation, and solitary confinement devised to force from her a renunciation of Him. Please pray for her, and for all those suffering for His name.

Why does the West Continue to Tolerate Al Qaeda’s Favorite ‘Christian’ ?

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.

‘I Paid For His Trip:’ Heartbreaking Search For a Missing Brother in Lampedusa

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Coverage of the tragedy and hardship of  Christian refugees fleeing Eritrea and Somalia are only now receiving media attention due to the tragic drowning of hundreds as a refugee ship sank off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Italy. The story below offers an emotional narrative of the pain and loss wrought by the persecution of Christians upon a man searching for the brother he had hoped to bring to freedom.

Somali and Eritrean Christians’ Dangerous Journey to Freedom

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Eritrea and Somalia are two of the nations most hostile to Christianity.  The recent sinking of a migrant ship in Italian waters loaded with Eritrean and Somali refugees, many of whom were Christians, highlights their desperation. Just as the pursuit of religious freedom drove European settlers to what is now the United States, East African refugees regularly ply this harrowing route to escape religious persecution. The regular stream of refugees fleeing to the shores of Europe, and the mounting numbers of those whose journeys are cut short by murder, enslavement, or shipwreck, make for a tragedy that deserves more attention from the international community. Please pray for those making this perilous journey.

Christians Suffer Under Eritrean Prison State

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.

30 Christians Arrested in Government Raid on Church in Eritrea

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Eritrea, considered one of the worst persecutors of Christians on the planet, has reportedly arrested and detained 30 Christians who had gathered for evening prayer at the Church of the Living God in the capital Asmara. These Christians are now being detained at a police station and are being asked to recant their faith or else face imprisonment. According to reports from Christians who have survived Eritrea's prison system, conditions are extremely inhuman. Human rights groups across the world have asked Eritrea to allow them to investigate the conditions of these prisons, but the government has continue to deny these groups access. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters as they face persecution on one of its most extreme forms.

Christian Students in Eritrea Punished for Faith in Jesus Christ

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.

39 Christian Students Detained and Punished for Faith in Eritrea

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.

Christian Students in Eritrea Punished for their Faith

Friday, July 26th, 2013

In a demonstration of further punishment and abuse because of Christian beliefs Eritrean authorities have subjected 39 Christian high school students to beatings and hard labor. The students, including 11 girls were arrested following their four-month required military training period and subjected to hard labor and harsh conditions. They have been threatened with lengthy imprisonment and exclusion from university unless they renounce their faith in Christ.

Eritrean Christians Targeted by Human Trafficking Ring Flourishing Under Egypt’s Political Chaos

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.

Christian Prisoner in Eritrea Dies While Imprisoned For His Faith

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Eritrea continues to be one of the world's most isolated countries. Ruled by a ruthless communist regime, most aspects of Eritrea's society are monitored by the government. This especially includes religion. Although Eritrea recognizes several denominations of Christianity, the churches under those denominations are highly regulated by the government. Christians caught worshiping outside of these regulated churches are imprisoned and sometimes executed. Yosief Kebedom Gelai died in prison on July 5. He was one of an estimated 2,000 Christians who currently are imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea. Please remember these persecuted Christian in your prayers.  

Anything But Myth: Bedouin Trafficking and Torture of Christian Eritrean Refugees Exposed

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

A recent expose on trafficking in the Horn of Africa exposes what many thought to be myth—the kidnapping, trafficking, torture, and ransoming of Eritrean refugees. Considered the "North Korea of Africa," Eritrea houses one of the Africa's governments most hostile to the free exercise of religion. Faced with indefinite periods of arbitrary detention, torture, and psychological warfare, Eritrea's Christians have launched an exodus to flee the "most repressive nation on Earth." In doing so, many seek shelter as refugees in Sudan, exposing themselves as targets of Bedouin traffickers intent on kidnapping them to the Egyptian  Sinai, where they are then held for ransom while subjected to immense physical and emotional torture.

The “Great Prison” Continues to Arbitrarily Detain and Torture Eritrea’s Faithfully

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.

Africa’s North Korea and the Most Repressive Nation on Earth, this is Eritrea

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.

Eritrean Christian Refugee Speaks to Immense Evil Fleeing “Africa’s North Korea”

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Christians Continue to Suffer Imprisonment, Torture, and Death in Eritrea

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Pray for Persecuted Christians in Eritrea

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Christians in Eritrea Face Extreme Persecution That’s Getting Worse

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Christian Persecution Escalating to Unprecedented Levels in Eritrea

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Escaping Hell: Testimony of an Eritrean Prisoner: Part 2

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Christian Trafficking Victims from Eritrea Discribe Their Suffering

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Christians in Eritrea Dies in Prison

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Living in Hell: Testimony of an Eritrean Prisoner: Part 1

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
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