Sunday, May 2, 2010

Third Christian this Year Dies in Military Prison

Imprisoned for his faith, 43-year-old dies in solitary confinement.

Another Christian imprisoned for his faith in Eritrea has died from authorities denying him medical treatment, according to a Christian support organization.

Sources told Netherlands-based Open Doors that Yemane Kahasay Andom, 43, died Thursday (July 23) at Mitire Military Confinement Center. A member of the Kale-Hiwot church in Mendefera, Andom was said to be secretly buried in the camp.

Weakened by continuous torture, Andom was suffering from a severe case of malaria, Open Doors reported in a statement today.

“He was allegedly further weakened by continuous physical torture and solitary confinement in an underground cell the two weeks prior to his death for his refusal to sign a recantation form,” the organization said. “It is not clear what the contents of the recantation form were, but most Christians interpret the signing of such a form as the denouncement of their faith in Christ.”

Andom is the third known Christian to die this year at the Mitire camp, located in northeastern Eritrea. Mogos Hagos Kiflom, 37, was said to have died from torture at the same center in early January. On Jan. 16, Mehari Gebreneguse Asgedom,  42, died in solitary confinement at the Mitire camp from torture and complications from diabetes, according to Open Doors.


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1 comments:

Paul Latour said...

These dear brothers of ours are now in the loving arms of the One whom they refused to deny. And here, we must pray for their enemies. (Easier said than done, I have to confess.)

"May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!"