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Eritrea

Ranked as the #9 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Isaias Afewerki
Government: One-party state

Population: 6.7 million (Christians 2.5 million)
Main Religion: Islam/Christianity

Persecution Level: Extreme
Source of persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism/Ecclesiastical arrogance

OVERVIEW OF ERITREA

EritreaIn recent years, there has been increasing pressure on Christians in Eritrea, in particular for non-traditional protestant Christian communities. Eritrea has been suffering under the authoritarian regime of Isaias Afewerki, which has been geared towards exercising extensive influence over the life of its citizens for more than two decades. Islamic extremism is also rising, and the rule of the regime is creating favorable conditions for that. The government intensified its crackdown on Christians, leading to more than 138 arrests of believers and church leaders without due process of law.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For the hundreds of Eritrean Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith
  • That the government would soften its stance on evangelical Christians and give them the freedom to worship Jesus  without restrictions
  • That the rise of Islamic extremism will be stiffled in 2015

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