|Eritrean mother of three dies in desert prison
Our sister Fikadu has died in an Eritrean prison camp within three months of her arrest.
Her three children do not have their father to care for them either: he was detained with Fikadu, along with his eldest son and every single member of their church, as our partners working in Eritrea reported in May. The young girls are with their grandmother.
#Furthermore: Nov. 09, 2017 | Eritrea
Pray for the Children of Believers Who Are in Detention Camps
|Fikadu Debesay, a mother of three children, died a few weeks ago at Metkel Abiet, an Eritrean detention camp. Fikadu had been imprisoned for worshiping in a Lutheran church not recognized by the government. She and her husband were among 33 believers arrested on the same day in May. The harsh treatment she endured in the camp and the extreme desert temperatures reportedly contributed to her death. Since May, the number of detained Christians has grown to 210. Dozens of children have been left without one or both parents as a result of the arrests. Pray that these children will know Jesus and be raised by Christians. Pray that they will grow in their relationship with Christ and not lose hope. Pray, too, that those in the camps will hold fast to their faith and continue to be a light in the darkness.
|Eritrea has arrested more than 200 Christians this year, leaving many kids orphaned.
Fikadu was detained during a mass arrest in Adiquala, part of an ongoing crackdown on evangelical Christians across Eritrea. By last week, she had died.
Please ask God to comfort Fikadu’s children and her husband.
The crackdown on Eritrea’s Christians continues. A total of 210 believers have been detained since April, mostly in raids on their own homes. In the first week of August, 23 Christians were arrested in Asmara. In July, 16 teenage girls on national service were detained in the same camp as Fikadu – as were other Christians and relatives who tried to visit them.
There have been reports of female prisoners having their hair shaved off. One woman arrested in June in Nefasit has reportedly become ‘mentally ill’ due to harsh prison conditions. The cause of Fikadu Debesay’s death is unknown but Metkel Abiet, the desert camp where she was held, is known for its extreme temperatures.
- Ask our heavenly Father to comfort Fikadu’s children and her husband, and reassure them of His unfailing love.
- Pray for the release of all 210 Christians detained since April – and the many other Christians behind bars in Eritrea. Some pastors have been detained indefinitely.
- Lift up the Eritrean authorities in prayer, and ask God to touch their hearts. Pray for an end to their restrictive policies.
- Join our Pray173 prayer campaign to help bring freedom for long-term prisoners of faith in Eritrea.