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Eritrean security forces recently raided a prayer meeting and arrested 185 Christians in Maitemenay, a northern suburb of Asmara. VOM sources say the believers had apparently gathered to pray about the worsening exodus of Eritreans from the country.

The gathering is said to have been organised by an underground fellowship known locally as “Hiyaw Amlak” (Living God). The fellowship is part of a network of underground fellowships that have been in operation throughout the country since 2002, when the Eritrean government closed all churches not belonging to officially sanctioned religious groups.

The believers are being held at a police station near an area known as Edaga Hamus in the adjoining district. Some of the women and children were released after signing an agreement that they would stop meeting with other believers. The arrests have alarmed underground church leaders, who fear that more raids may continue in the future.

It is believed that around 3,000 Christians are currently detained in Eritrea because of their faith. Many have fled the country following arrests or detainment.

Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

•Praise God for the women and children who were released.
• Pray that God will grant the remaining believers favour with the authorities and that they will be released unharmed.
• Pray that they and their families will be filled with God’s peace.
• Pray that believers in Eritrea will remain steadfast in their faith despite the opposition they face.