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Eritrea: 141 Christians arrested…

May 20, 2019

Please pray for 141 Christians in Eritrea who were arrested by security agents on Friday 10 May in Eritrea’s capital city Asmara.

The 104 women, 23 men and 14 young people were rounded up from the Mai Temenai area of the city. Officials separated the men and women before taking the men to Adi Abeito prison and the women to Police Station Number 4.

None of them have yet been charged, and there is concern about the wellbeing of the young and the elderly among them.

Please stand with our persecuted family in prayer.

Pray now…

  • That all the believers would experience the comfort and peace of the Lord as they endure this persecution
  • For the Lord’s spiritual and physical provision for them
  • That they would not be ruled by fear, but power, love and a sound mind
  • That the Lord would glorify himself through the testimonies of these believers.

Eritrea facts

Eritrea is ranked at no.7 on the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List… Hundreds of Christians who are members of unregistered churches are in prison – some have been held captive for over a decade; some are kept in shipping containers in scorching temperatures. Christians are considered ‘agents of the West’ and a threat to the state. Eritrean Muslims are ‘Muslim first’, and leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal of their community. Many Christians would rather risk the deadly emigration routes via Sudan or Libya than stay in Eritrea. Arrests and forced disappearances are common, with more than 300 Christians arrested in 2018.

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