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Mass arrests in Eritrea concern ministry

ICC Note

“The detention spread northwards, and approximately 100 Christians have been detained, transferred to a military facility, and some were reportedly severely mistreated. There were even reports that an unspecified number may have died due to untreated injuries that were sustained while they were in detention.”

01/13/2009 Eritrea (MNN)-Mass arrests of Christians in Eritrea are raising concerns for the welfare of the church.

Glenn Penner with Voice of the Martyrs Canada notes: ” Eritrea is probably the most-closed country in Africa today.”

Arrests began in November in Keren, Eilabered, Hagaz, Adi Tekelezan, and Deki Zeru, with additional raids in Dekemhare, Adi Quala, Areza and Mendefera.

By December, “The detention spread northwards, and approximately 100 Christians have been detained, transferred to a military facility, and some were reportedly severely mistreated. There were even reports that an unspecified number may have died due to untreated injuries that were sustained while they were in detention.”

Officials were reportedly working off of a list of names provided by informants around the country.

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