Day 30

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia despite having UN permission to remain there are targeted for arbitrary arrest and forcible relocation to war-torn parts of the country. Government security officers are accused of rounding up, abusing and unlawfully detaining refugees who have legal status, as well as Eritreans who have foreign citizenship. Other than the refugees, there were scores of Eritreans with European, Canada, US and UK passports. They face beatings, detention and privation, and blame UN for abandoning them. Pray for these Eritrean refugees who moved out of their country to save their lives and are facing yet another life-threating situation. Pray for the refugees to thwart arbitrary and indefinite detentions in inhumane or life-threatening conditions and to be protected (The Bible, Matthew 10:23).

Source:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jul/28/eritrean-refugees-claim-arbitrarily-arrested-beaten-detained-in-ethiopian-camps-unhcr

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%