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7 Eritrea

WHO IS THE LEADER OF ERITREA?

President Isaias Afwerki is the leader of Eritrea.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN ERITREA?

2.5 million Christians live in Eritrea – they make up about half of the population. The other half are mainly Muslims.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN ERITREA?

Christians who aren’t members of state approved churches are considered agents of the West and a threat to the state. The government only recognises three Christians denominations, including the Eritrean Orthodox Church (EOC) – and it is the government that appoints the Patriarch of the EOC.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN ERITREA?

Hundreds of Christians who are members of unregistered churches are in prison – some have been held captive for over a decade. Many are forced to work long hours in commercial flower fields, and some are held in shipping containers in scorching temperatures. Eyal*, a Christian who was imprisoned for his faith in Eritrea, remembers, "Sometimes we were chained. Sometimes they beat us with rods."

And yet, even in horrific Eritrean prisons, God is at work. Eyal says, "God helped us. We saw the Hand of the Lord. God was with us. We prayed, fasted and even witnessed to others. Many people accepted Jesus Christ." Read more of Eyal's story.

*name changed for security reasons

 
"I will serve Jesus Christ in Eritrea ‘til death"
- Eyal, Eritrean Christian who was imprisoned for his faith
 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA?

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You can give to provide vital support

Through strategic partnerships with the local church in Eritrea, Open Doors strengthens believers in the region by offering practical assistance to persecuted Christians.

Every £25 could put Bibles into the hands of five believers in the Horn of Africa.

 
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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”

A PRAYER FOR ERITREA

Lord Jesus, please bring an end to the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Eritrea. May those who are currently facing violence and oppression know Your love and Your presence with them at this time. Strengthen and embolden Your church to proclaim the gospel to the nation. 

 

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