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Eritrea's War on Christianity

Wehazit Berhane Debesai, a Christian activitist jailed by the government of Eritrea, died two weeks ago of pneumonia in her prison after being denied medical treatment for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. She was one of roughly 300 Christians jailed for similar reasons this year, many of whom are held in appalling conditions by the Eritrean authorities, according to the Christian Post:

A representative of Open Doors, a charity that works with Christians under pressure for their faith, said that many Christian men and women are being held in underground dungeons, metal shipping containers and military detention centres.

“They face exposure, hard labour and insufficient food, water and hygiene. They are regularly denied medical treatment for malaria and pneumonia contracted while in prison or diseases like diabetes, hypertension or cancer that they may have arrived with,” said the representative.

A number of rights organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have condemned Eritrea’s human rights record. Amnesty International claims that Eritrea’s prisons are filled with “thousands of political prisoners, locked up without ever being charged with a crime, many of whom are never heard from again”.

Grim stuff—and exactly the kind of story that goes underreported in the MSM. America may not be willing or able to directly address this kind of religious violence, which, let’s face it, happens all around the world. But Americans ought to be aware of what’s going on.

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  • Anthony

    “…But Americans ought to be aware of what’s going on.” Agreed.

  • Mark Michael

    Samantha Powers should raise this at the UN; she’s now our UN Ambassador. Has she done that? Anyone know? She gained her public prominence by crusading against genocide; how about religious persecution – now that she’s in a position of responsibility?

    • rheddles

      Religious persecution? These are Christians. Nothing you do to them is persecution. That’s American policy, isn’t it?

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