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Case study: Police Beat Me and Threw Me In Jail Because I Was Praying
 ICC Note
Eritrean officials arrested Eden after she was found praying at a house. She then faced mistreatment at the hands of prison officials. Thousands of Christians have been arrested by Eritrean officials for practicing their faith.
10/06/2011 Eritrea (Manchester Evening News)-“They held a gun to my head and threw me in a cell.” – these are the words of Eden, who fled Eritrea five years ago after being persecuted for her faith.
She faced regular beatings and assaults from police officers – just for practising her religion.
Eden’s years of abuse came to an end when policemen brandishing guns burst into the safe house where she and her friends were holding a prayer meeting.
The armed officials grabbed her and threw her into prison and she had to endure kickings and beatings from prison officers.
Eden is a Pentecostal Christian, a denomination which is forbidden in Eritrea, where the state religion is Orthodox.
When she was eventually released Eden made a gruelling journey to freedom, travelling thousands of miles in a lorry for more than a fortnight before arriving in Khartoum in Sudan to arrange her passage to Britain.
Crackdown has seen number of Greater Manchester asylum seekers fall dramatically
Eden claimed asylum as soon as she arrived in this country and spent several years living on the £35 a week allowance.
She has also had to rely on food parcels and accommodation from Ancoats-based charity Boaz Trust.
Eden said: “It is really hard living on what the government gives you. I had no clothes, no food, nowhere to stay. I could have been on the streets.
“I was getting the allowance and it is really hard.”
Another person helped by the trust is Chenai who came to Britain in 2008 after fleeing her home country of Zimbabwe,
She said: “I would not show political support for the murderous Mugabe regime, and I was raped and tortured by the state forces.

“Without the generosity of organisations like the Boaz Trust and the British Red Cross I would be homeless and starving. Nobody would choose my life of poverty and hunger, but if I return to Zimbabwe I will die.”
The Boaz Trust helps thousands of asylum seekers every year. It provides accommodation, food and clothes to those who need it, either because the £35 per week grant is not enough, or because the person has been refused asylum
Dave Smith set up the trust after meeting a homeless man who had fled the Middle East.

“A lot of people come here from really difficult backgrounds and the first person they meet when they get here are people in uniform. It is often people in uniform that they are fleeing from. We need to be a bit more understanding about what these people have been through.”

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