News Eritrea | 4-2-2024

At least 30 Christians arrested in Eritrea


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A large group of Christians have been arrested in Eritrea in a sobering reminder of why Eritrea is number four on the latest World Watch List.

Thirty Christian adults, plus an unknown number of children, have been arrested in Eritrea. They had gathered to celebrate the first birthday of a Christian family's firstborn child.

The incident happened in the country’s capital, Asmara, on 20 January. According to an Open Doors source, whilst believers from the gathering were taken to a nearby police station, ‘unbelievers were sent home’.

Cost and courage

Eritrea is number four on the latest World Watch List, which was released last month. It’s known as the ‘North Korea of Africa’ because of its intense authoritarian rule.

Only three Christian denominations are allowed – Orthodox, Lutheran and Catholic – and they are subject to heavy monitoring. Those who gather outside these recognised groups risk raids, fines and even long-term imprisonment, where conditions are notoriously awful. 

This latest incident is a stark reminder of why Eritrea is so high on the World Watch List. But despite this, believers continue to courageously stand firm in their faith and many more are coming to know Jesus, too. 

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