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More than 140 Christians were arrested as they gathered in a private courtyard in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara, in Eritrea last Friday.

Our partner Release Eritrea reports that 104 women, 23 men and 14 children were arrested.

The arrests came amid rising tensions and tight security ahead of next Friday’s Independence Day celebrations.

Some detainees are thought to be held in Adi Abeito prison, close to where they were arrested; others are still being held by police. No one has been charged yet.

Source: Release Eritrea

  • Ask God to remind these detainees in powerful ways of His great love and faithfulness. Thank God that He knows each by name and pray for their swift release.
  • Pray that God will strengthen the faith of His people in Eritrea and uphold them with his righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). Pray that His Holy Spirit will guide them as they seek God’s face.
  • Continue to pray for a radical change of heart in President Isaias Afewerki and his Government, amid mounting international pressure for reform. Pray that they will end their repressive policies and allow greater religious freedom.

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