Corporate Media Remains Silent: Over 140 Christians Detained in Eritrea Amid Fresh Government Crackdown By Will Maule for Faith Wire
GNN Note – I guess corporate media is too busy singing the praises of allah to notice Christian persecution, slaughter happening on an industrial scale. Maybe their hijab is pulled too tight and not allowing enough oxygen to get to their brain.
A group of 141 Christians have been detained after gathering to worship and mark their Independence Day.
According to British-based Christian persecution watchdog, Release International,the group was set upon by secret police in the latest in a series of crackdowns on the religious minority.
“Eritrea has been branded ‘the North Korea of Africa,’” the charity noted in its report. “Tens of thousands have risked death from drowning to escape to Italy. Others have fled to Sudan or Ethiopia. One in 12 has fled the country. And many of those are Christians.”
A radio report by Release featured an interview with a Eritrean refugee who has himself been a victim of persecution at the hands of government forces.
“My name is Dawit. I am a Christian from Eritrea,” he said. “But now I am living in this refugee camp in Ethiopia. Eritrea is under a dictatorship. There is no law and no justice. When I was living in Eritrea I was arrested because of my Christian faith.”
After spending a month in prison, Dawit said he was sent to a labor camp, where he was expected to work for no pay. “I was also detained for two weeks, when I was tortured,” he said.
How heavily persecuted is Eritrea?
Eritrea, though relatively underreported, is one of the most restrictive places on earth in which to live as a Christian. Open Doors USA ranks the East African nation as the seventh most persecuted country in the world.
“Christians are being forced to join the armed forces, and Protestants, in particular, face serious problems with accessing community resources, especially social services provided by the state,” the charity notes in a fact-sheet.