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Christians in Eritrea are facing increased persecution since the government began a concerted crackdown on the Christian population in May.
Open Doors’ World Watch List says that the country of Eritrea is the 10th harshest persecutorof Christians in the world.
Tens of thousands of Eritrean Christians have fled the nation in search of refuge from persecution.
Although the tiny East African nation of Eritrea has a population of just 6 million, Eritrea is one of the leading sources of refugees in Europe. There are many reasons for this, but chief among them is a lack of religious freedom.
The Rev. Mussie Zerai, a 40-year-old Roman Catholic priest from tiny Eritrea, north of Ethiopia, has moved to help migrants trapped in the North African deserts and rickety wooden boats drifting across the sea.
Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa known for having the second-largest number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, is committing serious religious freedom abuses.
Even after 21 years of independence, Christians in the small nation of Eritrea face tremendous suffering and persecution.
A Christian woman perished from pneumonia in an Eritrean prison after facing harsh conditions and denial of medical treatment -- all because she would not renounce her faith.
Eritrean security forces raided a prayer meeting and arrested 150 Christians found praying together in Maitemenai, a suburb to the north of Asmara.
Eritrean authorities arrested 30 members of the Church of the Living God gathered for prayer on the evening of Aug. 24 in the Kushet suburb of the capital Asmara.
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