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Eritrea: second worst place on earth for Christians

Eritrea has been described as the second worst place on earth for Christians to live, after North Korea.

Barnabas Fund / World Watch Monitor

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Eritrean Christian refugees at a Barnabas-funded sanctuary in Tel Aviv

President Isaias Afewerki has been in power since the country’s independence in 1993 and there have been no elections since then. The country’s citizens are subject to mass surveillance and arbitrary arrest, causing them to live in constant fear. After reaching the age of about 16, boys and girls are called up for an indefinite period of military service that is effectively a form of slave labour.