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Eritrea

Eritrea

Eritrea

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Capital
Asmara

Size
Eritrea’s population is about 4.5 million, making it smaller than 24 of the 50 U.S. states.

Main Languages
Tigrinya, Arabic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 3:00 p.m. in Eritrea.

Interesting Fact
Eritrean children take the first name of their father as their last name. (What would your name be if your family followed this custom?)

History
Eritrea used to be part of Ethiopia. After a 30-year war for independence, Eritrea became a separate country in 1993. Ethiopia and Eritrea began fighting again in 1998. That war lasted about three years.

Religion
In 2002, the leaders of Eritrea closed all churches that were not registered with the government. Only Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christian churches were allowed to register. Muslims are also allowed to practice their faith.

Persecution
In recent years, hundreds of Christians from unregistered churches in Eritrea have been arrested. Christians have been arrested during prayer meetings, at weddings, off the street, and even during family devotions in their homes. Men, women, youth, and young children have been arrested.


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