Church in Chains recently spoke to Dr Berhane Asmelash of Release Eritrea about the current situation in Eritrea and learned that the extent of suffering is even greater than previously reported.
As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the globe, some of the countries from which Church in Chains reports regularly have been very badly hit.
Dr Berhane Asmelash (Release Eritrea) speaks about the current situation inside Eritrea.
On Sunday 18 August, Eritrean security officials raided a home church and detained eighty Christians, including men, women and children.
The 92-year-old head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Patriarch Antonios, has been accused of heresy by five pro-government bishops.
The crackdown on Christians has continued in June 2019 with another church raid, more arrests of Christians, including five Orthodox priests, and the closure of health centres run by the Catholic Church.
The annual protest vigil in support of religious freedom was held outside the Eritrean Embassy in London.
The arrests of men, women and children took place in a private courtyard in the capital city, Asmara.
Dr Berhane Asmelash (Director of Release Eritrea) speaks about the current situation for Christians
At least five Pentecostal Christians have been arrested and several others have gone into hiding after they went to the airport to welcome a visiting Ethiopian preacher.