Christians in the North African nation of Eritrea are persecuted by the government but there are now reports that even health care clinics are in danger.
In 1993, the Eritrean government was installed after gaining independence from Ethiopia and the repression of religion began.
Ferdaouis Bagga of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom tells OneNewsNow there are reports that most, if not all, health clinics operated by the Roman Catholic Church in that country have been shut down.
“This has been perceived as potentially a retaliation against the church for the Catholic bishops speaking out,” Bagga says, “and calling for reconciliation in the country, calling for change essentially.”
According to Bagga, Catholic hospitals and clinics throughout the nation are often used because government health care is lacking in the poor nation.
“It's very unclear right now how much of an impact it will have or how long it will last,” she advises. “It seems potentially like to be a permanent, unilateral decision."
Meanwhile, Christians continue to be imprisoned, in sweltering shipping containers some without food and water.