Eritrean Pastor Speaks of Torture in Home Country

09/19/2019 Eritrea (International Christian Concern) – Pastor “Gabriel” was recently interviewed by the Barnabas fund about the situation for Christians in Eritrea. Gabriel told about how Christians “are tortured, starved and forced into hard labour in Eritrea’s notorious jails, and how his faith sustained him during long years of cruel incarceration”. This harsh reality has caused Eritrea to be known among NGOs as the “North Korea of Africa”. Harsh imprisonments, lack of basic freedoms, and indefinite military conscription have made Eritrea one of the most oppressive regimes in the world today.

CPJ, the Committee to Protect Journalists, recently ranked Eritrea as the worst violator of freedom of press. This along with many testimonies such as Pastor Gabriel’s, shows why Eritrea is regarded as one of the countries that is hardest for Christians to survivie in the world today. Open Doors has ranked them in the top ten worst countries for many years.

Despite this, very few people understand the situation taking place in Eritrea. Due to its small size, lack of international importance, and its repressive nature towards media, very few Americans understand the truly harsh conditions that take place in Eritrea. Please read pastor Gabriels testimony to better understand what our Brothers and Sisters in Eritrea suffer daily for Christ. (

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