Mass arrests of Christians continue in Eritrea
August 22, 2011
(christiansunite.com) - Eritrean officials have arrested at least 90 Christians in recent months, including many college students. In May, authorities detained 64 believers in Adi Abeyto, a village near the capital, Asmara.
Only six of the 90 arrested have been released. The others are thought to be held at a police station or in the notorious Mitire military prison. It is not clear why the Christians were detained, but college students have reportedly been arrested in recent weeks for refusing to take part in celebrations for the country's Independence Day (May 24).
For example, 26 students from the Mai-Mefhi College of Technology were arrested in June and detained at an unknown location.
In 2002, the Eritrean government banned all Christian groups that do not belong to a state-approved church. Since then, thousands of Christians have been imprisoned. Sixteen are known to have died in custody.
Pray that Eritreans imprisoned for Christ will be released. Pray Eritrean Christians will remain steadfast in faith, lovingly proclaiming Christ both inside and outside of prison walls. Pray that those who persecute Christians in Eritrea will repent of their ways and come to faith in Christ.
You can encourage an imprisoned Eritrean Christian today through the ministry of lettering writing. Write a letter to Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel, a leading figure of Full Gospel Church of Eritrea who was arrested on May 23, 2004, by visiting www.PrisonerAlert.com. You can also download a free guide to equip you to write to prisoners of faith at www.persecution.net/write.htm.
Find out more about the persecution of Eritrean Christians at www.persecution.net/eritrea.htm.