Eritrean Christian Killed In Military Camp
Tuesday, 04 November 2008
(ADDS MORE DETAILS) ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)--
Another evangelical Christian has died in one of Eritrea's most feared
military detention facilities after authorities apparently refused to provide
him with medicines against malaria, Christians with close knowledge about the
situation told BosNewsLife Monday, November 3.
Kiflom, 36, was the second Christian known to have
died because of malaria in Eritrea's Wi’a Military
Training Center, located some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the Red Sea
In June, 37-year-old evangelical Christian Azib
Simon died of Malaria, BosNewsLife learned. Kiflom, a member of the Full Gospel Church, was detained
last year while attending a prayer meeting, Christians said. He was allegedly
mistreated by security forces, as part of a government backed crackdown on
active Christians in the east African nation.
Kiflom's death comes amid reports that
65 evangelical believers, including 14 women, were detained last week.
"It seems that these Christians were discovered with the help of
government informants. They were detained one by one from their home or
working place and transferred," most likely to a new military camp, known
as Mitire, in northeastern Eritrea, Open Doors
said, citing local sources.
Observers have described Mitire has a
“special military concentration camp” set up by the Eritrean government for
religious prisoners. Over 100 Christians detained because of their faith have
reportedly been transported to the camp. “Mitire is
notorious because of the extreme heat there throughout the year,” Open Doors
Eritrean authorities began persecution Christians in May 2002
after controversial legislation only recognized the Eritrean Orthodox Church,
the Roman Catholic Church and
Open Doors said it had urged Christians to pray and added that
two years ago it collected some 60,000 signatures in the
By BosNewsLife Correspondents Eric Leijenaar and Stefan J. Bos