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Eritrea

RegionAfrica
Sources of PersecutionDictatorial Paranoia
Population5,482,000
Christian Population2,540,000
ReligionsIslam/Christian
GovernmentAuthoritarian Presidential Regime
LeaderPresident Isaias Afwerki
Score86/100

Eritrea

Eritrea: The North Korea Of Africa.
Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world. Churches face ongoing discrimination. While the official Orthodox Church has some religious freedom, its leader has been under house arrest since 2007. Hundreds of Christians were arrested in 2017, many more remain imprisoned. Some are even locked in metal shipping containers. 

Monitored And Targeted.
Almost every aspect of life is monitored by the government and disobedience doesn’t go unpunished. While the government recognises Christianity, there are varying levels of persecution depending on denomination. Most congregations outside the Orthodox Church aren’t able to gather together at all. Some Christians are also persecuted by Muslims. But this is usually reserved for those who leave Islam to follow Jesus.

In 2017 government security forces conducted raids targeting Christians and unregistered churches. Christian materials were taken and some house churches were damaged in the process. Hundreds of Christians were arrested. 

Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Eritrea by:

  • Practical assistance to persecuted Christians in need.

  • Raising awareness and prayer support.


"Forgiveness is vital. If we do not forgive, our relationship with God is hindered. As Christians we are required to love our enemies even though it is very difficult to do that when they make you suffer, or when they harm or kill your loved ones! Please pray that the churches in my country come to understand this forgiveness, and reconcile and work with one another. We thank God for the support of Open Doors.”- Esther, Eritrean Believer

Pray for Eritrea

Pray the church does not pray for evil upon their persecutors but rather for God to change their hearts. 

Pray for Christians imprisoned, that they will share Jesus with their jailers. 

Pray for God to raise up others to fill the shoes of church leaders who are in prison.

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