NEWS ALERT: Eritrean Christian Dies In Prison Camp

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By Worthy News Senior Special Correspondent Eric Leijenaar with reporting by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos

ASMARA, ERITREA (Worthy News) -- A Christian man has died in one of Eritrea's notorious military prison camps, the ninth believer known to have perished in detention in the African nation, a Christian aid and advocacy group told Worthy News.

In a statement seen Wednesday, July 29, Netherlands-based Open Doors said Yemane Kahasay Andom, 43, died because of torture and a lack of medical care in the Mitire military prison camp.

“For two weeks Andom was mistreated and tortured,” Open Doors added. The group said the Christian was held in an underground isolation cell, apparently after refusing to sign a document renouncing his faith in Christ.

Authorities also refused him medical treatment for a serious form of Malaria, Christians explained. It was unclear Wednesday, July 29, whether Andom was married or which family members he leaves  behind.


Andom, who was detained for some eighteen months, was the third Christian believed to have died in the camp this year. Open Doors cited sources as saying that he was secretly buried within in the camp.

With the latest reported death, the death toll of imprisoned Eritrean Christian rose to at least nine, Open Doors said. Christians and several rights groups say there are some 2,800 Christians jailed under often horrific circumstances in several prisons facilities, including underground cells, containers and military prison camps.

Eritrea's government has denied mass Christian detentions saying  "no groups or persons are persecuted in Eritrea for their beliefs or religion."

The Eritrean government in May 2002 outlawed all religious groups except Islam and the Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran churches. Eritrean Christians say the government of President Isaias Afwerki has stepped up its crackdown on churches it has outlawed. Eritrea has been included in the U.S. State Department's latest list of “worst violators” of religious freedom.

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1 thought on “NEWS ALERT: Eritrean Christian Dies In Prison Camp”

  1. Praying!

    "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
    2 Timothy 3:12

    Blessed Is The Name Of Jesus

    "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints."
    Psalms 116:15

    He Is Faithful

    "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
    Isaiah 43:2

    Praise Him

    {{{... denied mass Christian detentions saying "no groups or persons are persecuted in Eritrea for their beliefs or religion." ...}}}

    Fear God

    "Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:"
    Ecclesiastes 8:12


    "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.'
    Luke 10:20


    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
    John 6:47

    Be Blessed Beloved Of The KING

    "The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:'"
    "The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:"
    "The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."

    "And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them." Numbers 6:24-27

    Love, Your Brother Joe

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." Joel 2:32

    "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

    "I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:"
    "And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:"
    "Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." Job 19:25-27

    "Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee." Isaiah 49:7



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