On Wednesday of last week, 125 Christian people were beaten and thrown into Eritrean jails in an incarceration campaign that critics call an example of religious oppression.
An investigator for the Open Doors organization told Worthy News the following in a statement:
“Police arrested these church members from homes and workplaces during broad daylight and then marched them through town to the police station while beating them.” (Worthy News)
Worthy News also reported that 45 men and women among the 125 Christians arrested were forcibly grabbed for worshiping outside highly regulated government-approved churches in Eritrea. The Eritrean government has denied any wrongdoing in the mass incarceration campaign.
Eritea, an East African nation located near Ethiopia is sometimes referred to as the “North Korea of Africa.” The president of the country is named Isaias Afwerki. Afwerki and his Popular Front for Democracy and Justice Party have ruled Eritrea since the nation gained its independence in 1993. The Afwerki regime practices a strict form of totalitarian government.
An anonymous source who spoke to International Christian Concern made the following statement about Christian religious oppression:
“Being a Christian in Eritrea is like living in h**l. Christians are treated like enemy No. 1.” (BlackChristianNews.com)
According to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Afwerki regime is a fierce and brutal dictatorship. A USCIRF statement read:
“Systematic, ongoing and egregious religious freedom violations continue in Eritrea. These violations include: torture, sometimes resulting in death, arbitrary detention and prolonged bans on religious activities.” (BlackChristianNews.com)