Transforming The 10/40 Window Nations Through The Power of Prayer

WILL PEACE WITH ETHIOPIA BRING ERITREA REAL REFORMS?

Photo: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

WILL PEACE WITH ETHIOPIA BRING ERITREA REAL REFORMS?

An historic peace treaty has been signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia. In July Ethiopia's Prime Minister Ably Ahmed reached out to Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki to reestablish diplomatic and trade ties after 20 years of hostility. The world has rejoiced, but Eritreans are wary. Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s, but the two countries never settled a border dispute in a two-year war that killed 80,000 people. One Eritrean asylum seeker says, "Everyone is now expecting Eritrea to change; for national service to end, prisoners to be released and the constitution to be implemented."

The new constitution was never implemented, presidential elections never took place, the free press was shut down, and parliament never convened. Worst of all mandatory national service was implemented with no expiration date! The result? 5,000 flee Eritrea every month to escape their hopeless situation. For 8 years in a row, Eritrea has ranked last out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index, which ranks the independence of the press. Only last year did North Korea take its place. One Christian worker leaving the country says, "There is a need for surge in prayer for Eritrea but also for stability and security of Ethiopia" to ensure the peace agreement holds and that Eritrea will initiate real reforms that will give Eritreans hope in their future.

The nation of Eritrea is number 6 on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Eritrea on Day 30 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

 
Let us pray for:

Eritrean President Isaias to follow through on his promised reforms for his people, and especially to end the never-ending conscription for national service (The Bible, Proverbs 8:15).

The Christian church in the predominantly Sunni Muslim Eritrea to grow stronger despite persecution and to boldly proclaim the Eritreans' real hope is faith in Jesus Christ (The Bible, James 1:2).

Implemented reforms will give hope to the many Eritreans who sought asylum in Europe so that they can return to their homes and families in Eritrea (The Bible, Proverbs 13:12).

 

Sources:

Ethiopia signs deal with Oromo rebels to end hostilities

Wary Eritreans say Ethiopia deal 'means nothing' without reforms

Eritrea Ethiopia set to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties

Photo:https://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2018/08/ethiopia-signs-deal-oromo-rebels-hostilities-180807184317117.html
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