Friday, June 10, 2011

Eritrean Christians flee persecution in their homeland, find it in Egypt

What would Eritrea and Egypt have in common that finds Christians persona non grata?

Couldn't have anything to do with Islam, nosiree!  The religion of peace and tolerance wouldn't have anything to do with the persecution of non-Muslims, and anyone who says so is a big, fat Islamophobe!

From Christian Today June 10 by Amy Shank

Eritrean Christians facing 'unimaginable suffering' in Egypt 

Eritrean Christians fleeing persecution in their homeland are facing imprisonment, torture, beatings and sexual assault in Egypt, reports Barnabas Fund.

The charity, which supports the persecuted church worldwide, estimates that hundreds of Eritrean Christian refugees have been subjected to terrible abuse after arriving in Egypt.

Egypt is the most popular destination for Christians escaping from Eritrea, one of the most hostile countries in the world for followers of the faith.

In Eritrea, Christians and evangelicals in particular are viewed as a threat to national security because of their allegiance to God before the state.

The state (Eritrea) demands Islam as the only faith accepted. 

As a result, many of them are tortured and imprisoned for their faith in conditions described by Barnabas Fund as "horrendous".

Persecution has intensified in recent months after an Eritrean governor ordered a purge against Christians at the end of 2010.
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.

According to Barnabas Fund, the majority of the Eritrean refugees are Christians.

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