07 JanuaryHoliday Card Action 2006 - Imprisoned
Holiday Card Action 2006
Imprisoned Protestant Pastors
Pastor Haile Naizgi, Dr. Kiflu
Gebremeskel, and Pastor Tesfatsion Hagos are a few of the many evangelical
Christians who have been detained in Eritrea in recent years on account of
their faith. When the government ordered in 2002 that all unregistered
religions must close their places of worship and stop practicing their
faith until they were registered, many groups worried that the process of
registration could expose their members to reprisals by hostile
Many evangelical Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses
continued to gather in private for worship. Police began arresting members
of unregistered religious groups in 2003, intensifying the crackdown in
2005. A total of about 2,000 men, women and children who belong to
now-closed evangelical Christian churches are believed held in prisons
around the country.
Pastor Haile Naizgi, chairperson of the Mullu
Wongel Church, and Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel, chair of the Eritrean
Evangelical Alliance, were arrested in Asmara in May 2004. They are
detained in Karchele security prison, and are both reported to have been
sentenced extra-judicially to five years’ imprisonment by a secret
security committee. Pastor Tesfatsion Hagos of the Rema Church was also
arrested in May 2004. He, too, is reported to have been sentenced
extra-judicially to a five-year prison term, which he is serving at
Karchele prison. Amnesty International considers the men to be prisoners
of conscience. Please send them messages of support at the address below.
Please send cards of support to:
2nd Police Station, Zone 7 Northern
ተስፋ ደሊና…… ካዕ ካዕ
ንበል ሓደ ሓደ
ዋይ ተስፋ ደሊና!!!
እንታይ ይብሉ ኣለው
እቲ ብሓደ ብጉልበት
እቲ ብሓደ ብፍልጠት
እቲ ብሓደ ብንብረት
መሬት… ነመልምላ መሬት….
ተሪር ሃገራዊነቱ መሬት ከይተኸድነ
ከም ወትሩ ርግሒት ኣመልኩም
እምበኣር ኽትሽቅጡ ጀሚርኩም
መፍለጠኩም ኔሩ ሕጓ ምስ ምድሪ ቤት
ኣብ ጌጋ ኣፍ ደገ ትዅሕኩሑ ኣለኹም
መን’ዩ ሓቀኛ ሞሊቑኩም ኸይትነግሩ
ዓይንኹም ብዕሙቱ ኸይትባራበሩ….. ሓደራ
ወሃቢት ተስፋ ንስኺ
ፈልፋሊት ጽንዓት ባዕልኺ
ሃገረይ…. ንስኺ ‘ወ
ዓወት ንሓፋሽ !!!!!
ዘልኣለማዊ ዝኽሪ ንስውኣትና !!!
Dr. Kiflu was sent for higher education to the USA.
Being a true nationalist went back home to serve his country. He is a very
good citizen. People like Dr. Kiflu should be freed immediately. Eritrea
needs people like Dr. Kiflu who serve their country with honest.
wish we had a president like Dr. Kflu who stands for truth and only
May God give Dr. Kflu comfort.
These guys have invisible
mission to distract the progress of the country and they may seem innocent
but they have big agenda, in subjugating the country and the people at
large. These institutions used as a means of gathering information
,weakening the spirit of the youth, and devaluing the culture and the
tradition so as to make them ready to accept western influence.
strongly believe that in personal freedom and i do not deny the situation
in which our country is in, and the daily deterioration condition.Do not
forget the missionaries come to africa carrying a gun on one hand and a
bible in the other.It is known in the western countries, the despicable
act reach these churches appointing a homosexual bishob, and priest ,
which is a strong contradiction to the way of christianity and devotion,
there are a lot of cases coming the act of these churches, so they need to
be checked.peace to our country and the world.
Dr kiflu is my instructor. I am his product.
Although I am an orthodox christian, I truely understund his innosence and
abhore the shamfull act of the president of eritrea "Ato issayas" for
detaining the good intelligent person who should have been rewarded for
being a roll model to many eritreans.
My last message to my orthodox
brothers is that if we fail to express our disgust with the torture which
is being perpetuated by higdefites unfortunately spearheaded by the
president who was supposed to lead the country to harmony, torture knows
This is very inhuman and degrading. I feel ashamed
to be part of the eritrean struggle for over a decade to anly bring such
sorrow to my people.