Government of Eritrea Detains More Christians

ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)– Christians have been detained in Eritrea this month as part of a massive government crackdown on members of unregistered churches, well-informed rights activists have told BosNewsLife.

In one incident, six men and four women were reportedly captured in a raid on a prayer meeting in the north eastern town of Ghinda. They are being held at the local police station, where they reportedly lack food, said advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

During the same period, an unspecified number of Christians were apparently taken from their homes in Adi Quala in the southern part of the country in raids that are reportedly still ongoing.

CSW told BosNewsLife that it has also been informed that officials of local authorities, security services and the Orthodox Church in the capital Asmara are going house to house asking occupants about their faith.

“The Eritrean government is one of the most repressive in the world. Thousands of prisoners of conscience of all faiths and none are detained arbitrarily and indefinitely in an extensive network of detention facilities where conditions can be life threatening and torture is a regular occurrence,” CSW added in a statement.


Those incarcerated in Eritrea, seen by critics as “Africa’s North Korea”, include hundreds of especially devoted Christians. They were detained in a crackdown that has been ongoing since May 2002, when the government effectively outlawed faith practises not affiliated with the registered Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran or Orthodox Christian denominations and Sunni Islam.

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