Did You Know- Eritrea Edition

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

Eritrea

Eritrea is a relatively new country, officially and legally recognized in 1993. Though Eritrea is a newer country, the culture and history of the Eritrean people dates back many years. Did you know:

All evangelical churches were closed following the government’s ban on all religious groups other than state-approved Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran or Islamic groups in 2002. Anyone discovered to be an evangelical is tortured and forced to revert to the registered denominations. If they don’t, they are held in military camps without trial. Around 1500 are believed to be imprisoned; at least five died in 2011. Others were released so they wouldn’t die in custody. In 2011 there was a renewed crackdown on house churches; at least 23 believers were imprisoned.