Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Christians released from Eritrean prison
More than 30 Christians have been released from jail in the small African nation of Eritrea.The religious prisoners were being held in the port city of Massawa. Reports indicate the men and women were arrested during a police raid in early January while they were worshipping at a private home.Official charges were never filed against the believers, and they were denied visitation rights while imprisoned.Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs says Christians in Eritrea came under intense scrutiny from the government back in May 2002. "At that time the government called in the leaders of all the different evangelical denominations and told them your meetings are no longer legal, your church has been outlawed, you can no longer hold public worship," Nettleton describes. According to Nettleton, many of the people who were attending those churches responded that they would no longer meet in the church. "But they continued to meet in homes and other private settings," he adds. Voice of the Martyrs maintains a website-PrisonerAlert.com-which keeps track of persecuted Christians in Eritrea and worldwide.
As in the days of Noah....