2 Years Later: Eritrean Woman In Prison Dies Of Malaria

As reported: Wednesday July 23, 2008
Weakened by torture, Azib Simon succumbs to disease only a week after contracting it.

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (Compass Direct News) – Imprisoned and tortured for her Christian faith since December, 37-year-old Azib Simon died of malaria in Eritrea’s Wi’a Military Training Center last week. Weakened by ongoing torture, sources said, Simon contracted malaria only a week before she died. Christians in the prison are rarely given medical attention, and the sources said authorities refused to provide treatment for Simon’s malaria. She had attended the Kale-Hiwet Church in Assab, one of the independent evangelical churches that have been targeted by the country’s Marxist-leaning authoritarian regime. She was held at the notorious Wi’a Military Training Center, 20 miles south of the Red Sea port of Massawa, since her arrest in December 2007. On June 8 Compass learned that eight Christian brothers held at the Adi-Quala prison were taken to the medical emergency facilities as a result of torture by military personnel at the camp. Simon’s death makes a total of five Christians whom Compass has confirmed have died in Eritrean prisons after being tortured for refusing to recant their faith.

Pray for the repose of the soul of Azib Simon and those who would allow such an evil thing to come to pass.


2 Responses to 2 Years Later: Eritrean Woman In Prison Dies Of Malaria

  1. aboriente says:

    James, stop flooding the comments with your simple-minded even stupid spam. No one wants to hear it.

    As for Azib Simon, it is sad news, but she is a martyr for the faith. A reminder to us Christians not in areas like that, that martyrdom still happens and many of our brothers and sisters are killed.

    Lord have mercy!

  2. paula says:

    That kind of news we never can find on the big newspapers and television. It’s not an interesting matter to the world but we must proclaim aloud that catholics are being killed all over the world. It was like that in the 20ºcentury and it is now.
    Good you posted here that.

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