Christians in Eritrea mark 20 years of state persecution this month. The East African dictatorship shut down most of its churches in May 2002, outlawing every religion except Sunni Islam, Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholicism and the Lutheran Church. And today, 20 years later, the persecution continues. Release International is calling for full religious freedom in the country, which has been described as the North Korea of Africa.
Ashfaq Masih, husband of Nabeela, has been in prison in Pakistan for six years after someone accused him of blasphemy during a dispute over money (see Voice magazine, pages 14-15). He has yet to be tried. Pray for his release.
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Bear Grylls OBE