Many prisoners of faith and their families are facing increased hardship due to the ongoing, strict Covid-19 lockdown measures which are in place in Eritrea. Our partner, Release Eritrea, has reported that many Christian families are struggling to survive. Food shortages in prison have become a serious problem and many inmates are facing starvation.
While there has not been a significant number of Covid-19 cases (306 confirmed cases to date) reported in Eritrea, a state of lockdown exists country-wide since April. Before this lockdown, many prisoners of faith were receiving, and relied on, home-cooked meals prepared by Christian women living nearby. These meals cannot now be delivered.
The situation has also worsened for prisoners’ families: they were already missing their main breadwinner and now also cannot afford the rising food prices, which has pushed them to the brink of survival.