In June, 37-year-old evangelical Christian Azib Simon died of Malaria, BosNewsLife learned. Kiflom, a member of the Full Gospel Church, was detained last year while attending a prayer meeting, Christians said. He was allegedly mistreated by security forces, as part of a government backed crackdown on active Christians in the east African nation.
Observers have described Mitire has a “special military concentration camp” set up by the Eritrean government for religious prisoners. Over 100 Christians detained because of their faith have reportedly been transported to the camp. “Mitire is notorious because of the extreme heat there throughout the year,” Open Doors said.
Eritrean authorities began persecution Christians in May 2002 after controversial legislation only recognized the Eritrean Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church as "official denominations", although church leaders there have also reported tensions. At least 2,000 Eritrean Christians are held without charges in local prisons of military camps, including in shipping containers, to pressure them to abandon their faith in Christ, local Christians and independent investigators have said.
Open Doors said it had urged Christians to pray and added that two years ago it collected some 60,000 signatures in the Netherlands for a protest petition presented to the Eritrean Embassy in The Hague.