A few years ago I learned about Eritrea when a few women were imprisoned for their faith. In fact, earlier this year we shared about the release of Christian women from prison and also at the same time were informed that there are at least 2000 Christians in prison in Eritrea now.
Today, The Christian Post is reporting that Christians who are fleeing from Eritrea and who go to Egypt, continue to suffer persecution.
The charity said hundreds of Eritrean Christians were risking their lives each month to enter Egypt, where they go in the hope of eventually being able to cross the border into Israel.
A Channel 4 documentary, "Breaking into Israel," last week charted the harsh 900-mile journey made by Eritrean refugees, some of whom die before reaching their destination. Some are shot dead crossing the Egypt-Israel border and others are caught and returned to Eritrea where they face torture and even death.
It warned that many of them were ending up in Egyptian prisons or being held hostage for $20,000 ransoms in the deserts of Sinai by Bedouin Muslim nomads who work with human traffickers.
According to the charity's estimates, there are currently between 500 and 600 Eritrean prisoners in Egyptian custody and as many as 200 in the hands of traffickers.
Hostages whose relatives are not able to stump up the ransom are being killed.
There are also unconfirmed reports that the hostage-takers are harvesting the organs of hostages who have been unable to secure the ransom for their release.
Abuse at the hands of the Egyptian authorities or Bedouin gangs includes rape and sexual harrassment, torture, beatings and slavery.
Please remember Eritrean Christians in your prayers today. Please share this post with a few friends, your church, pastor, or anyone who will take the time to pray. Christians are in peril all over the world, and as you can see, even when Christians are being forced to flee from one country to another, there is no rest.