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Eritrean Authorities Arrest 30 More Christians

September 4, 2013 by Open Doors in General

Container-prison in Eritrea

Eritrean authorities arrested members of the Church of the Living God as they gathered for prayer on the evening of Saturday, August 24 in Kushet, a suburb of the capital Asmara. Included among those arrested are 12 women. Sources say they are 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.

The circumstances surrounding the arrest are not known.

Father, today we lift before Your throne the Christians in Eritrea. We pray for those arrested that You will fill them with Your perfect peace despite their difficult circumstances. We pray Your protection over them, especially the women. And we pray for their families that You would cover them in Your grace and care for their needs. While they may not know where their loved ones are, comfort them with the assurance that they are in Your care. We pray for the nation of Eritrea, that the light of Your gospel would pierce the spiritual darkness. In the name of Jesus who has overcome the world, Amen.

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