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Published on 05 September, 2013

Evening prayer raided by Eritrean authorities

Eritrea (MNN/ODM) — Eritrean authorities arrested 30 members of the Church of the Living God gathered for evening prayer on August 24.

Map of Eritrea. (Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook)

Map of Eritrea. (Photo courtesy of the CIA World Factbook)

The Christians were located in the Kushet suburb of the capital Asmara. Their group includes 12 women.

Sources with Open Doors USA say the Christians are being held at Police Station 5 in Asmara and are under pressure to recant their faith.

Since the beginning of the year, the religious atmosphere in Eritrea has deteriorated with authorities arresting at least 261 Christians.

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have reported that the government of Eritrea continues to incarcerate prisoners under inhumane conditions.

Officials continue to deny access to organizations like The Red Cross to investigate the state of prisons.

“The Church in Eritrea is deeply saddened by the continued scrutiny and distrust from the government and highly appreciates the prayers of our brothers and sisters around the globe,” commented an Open Doors source who remains anonymous for security reasons.

Eritrea is ranked 10th out of 50 countries for extreme persecution of Christians on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List. Evangelical churches in Eritrea were closed in 2002 after a government ban on religions other than Orthodox, Lutheran, Catholic and Islam.

Please pray for religious freedom in Eritrea and for the arrested Christians to be released.

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  • Pray for strength for the arrested Christians.
  • Pray for their release.
  • Pray for their witness to the Gospel.
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  • Pray for religious freedom in Eritrea.

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