The United Nations estimates that Eritrea is among the top three countries, alongside Syria and South Sudan, with the greatest proportion of their citizens who have become refugees — with 12,500 refugees per 100,000 people.
Christian persecution in Eritrea is brutal but the faith of the Christians is strong and they refuse to deny Jesus Christ. The stories of persecution coming from Eritrea are heartbreaking but there is hope.
Eritrea is one of the most oppressive nations on the planet, often referred to as Africa's North Korea. Voice of the Martyr's Todd Nettleton joins Faithwire Managing Editor Dan Andros to discuss the latest bit of good news from a country where Christian persecution is rampant.
With exclusive secret footage and testimony, an undercover five-year investigation documents shocking allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and indefinite forced conscription into military service in Eritrea.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued a report in April of this year, recommending once again that the Department of State designate Eritrea a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its severe violations of religious freedom.
Dr Kiflu Gebremeskel has been in prison in Eritrea since May 2004. Before his arrest he was chair of the Eritrean Evangelical Alliance and a leader in a network of house churches that was banned by the government.