ERITREA: A Plea from Prison

“It seems that hell has broken loose on me,” said Teame Weldegebriel recently. Teame is a Christian evangelist who has been held in the Mai Sirwa Maximum Security Confinement prison for the past two years. Teame has been singled out for harsh treatment because he has been sharing his Christian faith with his fellow prisoners Рa number of whom have become Christians.

Teame’s family have become increasingly concerned about his health after being repeatedly refused permission to visit him. Teame asked a friend to pass on this message: ‚ÄúPlease tell the brethren to continue praying for me. I am not sure I will see them again.‚Äù

ERITREA: Christian woman dies in prison

37-year-old Azib Simon died of malaria in Eritrea’s Wi’a Military Training Camp last week. She had only contracted the disease one week previously. Sources say that her body had been weakened by ill-treatment and torture. Sources also said that the authorities had refused to provide treatment for her malaria.

ERITREA: Irish group joins protest at Embassy

A group of Irish Christians travelled to London on 30 May to join what has become an annual protest at the Eritrean Embassy. The demonstration (jointly organised by CCFC with Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Release Eritrea!) marked the sixth anniversary of the banning of independent churches in Eritrea. Joining with British and Eritrean Christians, the Irish group held aloft a banner and joined in prayers, Bible readings and praise songs.

ERITREA: 25 Christians arrested on Independence Day

Last Saturday (24 May), Eritrea celebrated Independence Day which is the most important day of the year for the Eritrean people as they recall their 30 year-long struggle to win their freedom from Ethiopia. As usual, the day was a public holiday and displays were held in the capital, Asmara.

ERITREA: Independence Day to mark six years of religious persecution

On Saturday 24th May, the Eritrean government will hold large celebrations to mark the 17th anniversary of independence from Ethiopia. However, the day also marks the sixth anniversary of the government’s decree closing all churches (apart from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches).

ERITREA: 45 Christian prisoners released

Forty five Christians have been released from detention in Eritrea in the past few weeks. Those released include a group of 35 evangelical Christians from the port city of Massawa who had been held in custody for six weeks at a local police station. The 35 men and women were members of the government-banned Faith of Christ Church. and had been worshipping in a private home on Sunday 6th January when security officials raided the house and arrested those present.

ERITREA: A Message from Helen Berhane

In a message from Denmark where she has enjoyed her first Christmas in freedom after her imprisonment and torture in Eritrea, Helen Berhane has expressed her thanks to all those who supported her.

HELEN BERHANE – Safe at last

Helen Berhane, the Eritrean Gospel singer who was arrested and suffered horrendous torture at Mai-Serwa Prison, near Asmara, for refusing to denounce her evangelical Christian faith arrived in Denmark last Friday (19 October) accompanied by her young teenage daughter, Eva. For the past eleven months, she had been living in a number of refugee camps in Sudan.

ERITREA: Christian woman tortured to death

Eritrean authorities tortured a woman to death on Wednesday 5 September for refusing to recant her Christian faith, the fourth such killing in less than a year. Nigsti Haile (aged 33) was killed for refusing to sign a letter recanting her faith. She had been held at the Wi’a Military Training Centre 20 miles south of the Red Sea port of Massawa. Nigsti was one of 10 single Christian women arrested at a church gathering in the town of Keren who have spent 18 months under severe pressure.