Monday, October 22, 2007

Eritrean Gospel Singer Tortured by
Sympathizers of Unnamed Religion

From the BBC:

An Eritrean Christian gospel singer who was tortured and detained without charge for two years in her homeland has been granted asylum in Denmark.

Helen Berhane was imprisoned inside a metal shipping container and beaten in an effort to make her recant her faith.
Gosh, who in the world could be guilty of such a thing?
Freed in December 2006, she took refuge in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, before being granted asylum.

Ms Berhane uses a wheelchair because of severe injuries to her legs and feet sustained in prison beatings.

More than 90% of Eritreans belong to one of four recognised religions - Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran Churches and Islam.

All other religions were outlawed by a government decree passed in May 2001, though Jehovah's Witnesses had been denied their rights as Eritrean citizens as early as 1994.
Wow, maybe it was one of those Lutherans that was up to no good, and the good Lord knows that Catholics are capable of anything given their spotty history of crusading. And, don't even get me started on those Orthodox!
Helen Berhane is a member of the unregistered Rema Church and had just released a cassette of gospel music when she was arrested in the Eritrean capital on 13 May 2004.

She was one of an estimated 2,000 members of illegal evangelical church groups in Eritrea who have been arrested in recent years, according to the human rights group Amnesty International.
The entire article does not mention that Islam is the government-culprit here. Why? Could it be fear?

Have some backbone BBC, would ya?

h/t to Dhimmi Watch

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