Day 30

MAY | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

To everyone’s surprise, Eritrea voted “no” to the resolution that condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Eritrea’s solidarity with an imperialist Russia is a kind of survivalism. Experts guess that it could be because President Isaias Afwerki is ideologically anti-West and also because of the American sanctions on Eritrea. Some go to the extent of describing them as two dictators of the countries. Pray for Eritrea which won independence from Ethiopia two decades ago. It is still threatened by its bigger neighbor Ethiopia. Pray that the small and impoverished country of Eritrea will find peace and needed help. Pray for God to anoint the Eritrean Christian Believers with His supreme power to declare that Jesus Christ, the Son of God can set the people free from their oppressors(The Bible, John 8:36).

Sources:

https://www.theafricareport.com/192505/eritrea-isaias-hostility-to-the-west-is-about-survivalism/

https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/03/08/why-is-eritrea-backing-russian-aggression-in-ukraine

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Eritrea is listed in 6th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. His Excellency Isaias Afwerki is the president. Located on the Red Sea, Eritrea is governed by a totalitarian regime that seeks to control every aspect of life. Some have compared Eritrea to the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea, as it is one of the most secretive and isolated countries in the world. The government maintains tight control of approved churches, including their messages. Years of communism, required military service, and economic depression have forced many Eritreans, including evangelical believers, to flee the country. Eritrea has outlawed churches, arrested pastors, and continues to round up and torture Christians. Facing a hopeless future of menial army work, Eritrean young men are fleeing the country by the hundreds. Typical military conscripts face mistreatment, poor working conditions, and an endless term of service.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Isaias Afewerki
HEAD OF GOV.
President Isaias Afewerki
POPULATION
6,528,000
CHRISTIANS
48.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
6
REFUGEES
2,920
LIFE EXPECTANCY
63.81 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
50%