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Persecuted Church Eritrea

Eritrea: 160 Christians Arrested in Government Crackdown – Thursday, June 29, 2017

Christians in Eritrea are facing increased persecution since the government began a concerted crackdown on the Christian population in May.

According to The Christian Post, at least 160 Christians have been arrested by government authorities in the past month or so.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports that 33 women of the 160 or so Christians are being held at Nakura, which is “”a notoriously harsh prison island.”  In addition, some of the women’s children are with them in prison. The youngest child is reported to be only two months old.

Eritrea ranks number 10 on Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of countries where Christian persecution is most severe.  “The Eritrean regime is authoritarian and intolerant towards any form of association, dissent and free expression,” notes Open Doors.