Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Prisoner of faith: Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel
About 2,000 Eritrean Christians are believed to be under arrest because of their religious beliefs, held in police stations, military camps and prisons in 12 known locations across Eritrea. Dr. Gebremeskel is one of the 28 clergymen being held.
Jailed Protestants are routinely subjected to physical beatings and severe psychological pressure to deny their religious beliefs. Police and military authorities continue to demand the prisoners return to one of the three “official” Christian denominations recognized by the government. But even the legally recognized denominations--the nation’s historic Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran churches--have come under government disfavour, incurring threats and even jailing by security police officials.
Please encourage Dr. Kiflu by writing him a letter!
When writing, never mention the name of the source of your information or the name of any organization such as VOM. It is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive letters from individuals, but if an organization is mentioned they may be accused of links with “foreign organizations” and receive harsher sentences. Also, please do not state anything negative about their government.
To compose a letter in Dr. Kiflu’s own language, please visit www.PrisonerAlert.com. To learn more about letter writing, click here.
Please mail your letters to the following address:
Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel
2nd Police Station Zone 7 Northern East