Saturday, June 21, 2008


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Some have to read Muslim prayers in order to survive. Others have to proclaim aloud that they have converted from Christianity to Islam in order not to be slain. Still others have to read from the Koran and say they agree with what they read.

The persecution against Christians has been going on for a long time. Eritrea is one of the most vicious countries persecuting Christian believers.

Now per International Christian Concern (ICC) in Washington DC, Egypt has deported 400 Eritrean refugees last week. That means that these humans will be tortured, some murdered.

“Eritrean Christians who had fled their country following a clamp down on Christians are among the deportees. According to ICC’s annual Hall of Shame Report for 2008, Eritrea is one of the world’s top ten worst Christian persecutors.

“There are more than 2,000 Christians that are detained in Eritrean prison cells, metal shipping containers and military barracks.

“In addition to facing deportation, many of the Eritreans in Egyptian refugee camps are routinely harassed by Egyptian authorities simply because of their Christian faith.”

Muslims follow through with the Koran stipulations of doing away with infidels when confronted with ardent Eritrean Christians. There are countless stories that will never surface having to do with saints of the cross who do not yield to the Muslim demands. Instead, they yield their souls to heaven’s reward rather than recant Christ.

All the while in North America the theologically liberal churches continue to disown the Bible and Christ as the Savior of the world. At the same time that apostasy grows in the United States and Canada, all enjoying freedom of religion, these Eritrean Christians are suffering unbelievably.

“’These [Eritrean] men, women and children, for example in Nasr al Nuba prison, to name, but one, are being beaten, tortured, and to add insult to injury, they are being verbally abused for being Christians even when they are not.

“’There seems to be a dominant attitude among the prison guards that Christians are less than human, and do not deserve sunlight and fresh air or any kind of humane treatment,’ said Elizabeth Chyrum, Director of Human Rights Concern Eritrea in a letter she wrote to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.”

Christians must pray for these fellow believers. Also, Christians must contact authorities to protest persecution. Note:

Please also call to the office of UNHCR and bring to their attention the plight of Eritrean Christians who are suffering in Egypt and Yemen. Please ask them to resettle the Eritreans in other countries where they can enjoy freedom of religion and other freedoms.


(613) 234-4398,

020-7499-2401 / 499 3304

(61 2) 9281-4844


Mr Antonio Guterres
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Phone number: 41 22 739 8111

ICC is a Washington-DC based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC delivers humanitarian aid, trains and supports persecuted pastors, raises a wareness in the US regarding the problem of persecution, and is an advocate for the persecuted on Capitol Hill and the State Department. For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441.

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