Pray for: Eritrea

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Asmara
Population: 3,601,462
% Urban: 42 %
Official Language: Tigrinya. Tigre, Arabic and English (especially for secondary and tertiary education) also widely used
Languages: 18
Literacy Rate: 69 %
HDI Ranking: 180 / 189
% Christian: 47.3 %
% Evangelical: 2.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 50.3 %
People Groups: 18
Least Reached People Groups: 10
% Unevangelized: 29 %
Persecution Ranking: 6 / 50

Eritrea

Title: Eritrea

Tier: 1

Type: country

Eritrea longs for peace and national stability. It is located in a region filled with countries fraught with conflict and crises. War and drought left millions dependent on food aid from abroad. Many face extreme poverty with no relief ahead. Mandatory military service limits the size of the workforce. Many people flee the country to escape the military, and the money sent home by those who live abroad now provides a vital source of income for the country.

Eritrea

Title: Eritrea

Tier: 1

Type: country

Religious freedom remains a major issue. A 2002 government ruling banned all religious groups from meeting together and practicing their faith without official recognition, and it granted recognition only to Sunni Islam, Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran groups. The effects of this on all Eritreans are significant, especially so on Christians within non-approved groups. Some posit this as a reaction against the evangelical growth within the Orthodox Church and during the long war with Ethiopia. Pray for government acceptance of religious groups and for restoration of basic human rights and religious freedom to all Eritreans.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.