Day 30

DECEMBER | 2021

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have contributed to human rights violations in Ethiopia’s northern Tigrayan region. Their role in the Tigrayan region has led to the death and displacement of thousands. We pray they will no longer rebel against the Lord by oppressing defenseless people. May Eritrea withdraw from fighting and allow for peace. We pray for God’s protection for the large number of refugees facing life-threatening dangers and starvation. We pray for the Lord to have victory in Eritrea over the wicked (The Bible, Jeremiah 50:28).

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%