Eritrea releases 14 Christians after four years in prison

Apr 28, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund:

Fourteen Christians have been released by the authorities in Eritrea after four years of incarceration in Dahlak Island Prison on the Red Sea.

A Barnabas contact said the men are believed to be the last to be freed from a group of 66 Christians detained at the same time. The authorities claimed one of the original group, called Fitsum, died two years ago from illness but the cause of death has not been verified independently.

The reason for the latest releases is not known; however, Eritrean church leader Dr Berhane Asmelash told Barnabas that it is thought the Christian men will be forced to join the army. Forced conscription into the Eritrean armed forces is greatly feared, not least because the compulsory military service can last for many years, even decades.

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